Capstone/Dissertation Title

How can the teaching of vocabulary development in content areas improve comprehension for middle school readers?

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone begins with background information used to derive a question centered in vocabulary development used to support student comprehension in content areas. Findings from the literature review describe selecting words used for direct instruction, word learning strategies, sources of vocabulary learning, and the importance of activating background knowledge in vocabulary instruction in a middle school setting. Research to support teaching in a middle school includes components of success as well as the challenges. Conclusions from the research lead to the crafting of a framework used to support vocabulary in staff development. Methods and procedures used to test the effectiveness of the framework are described in Chapter Three. Following the methods and procedures, are the results. The results do support a connection between an improvement in student comprehension due to effective vocabulary instruction.

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