Capstone/Dissertation Title

The effect of research-based instruction on sixth-grade student spelling growth

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed is how will research-based instruction affect sixth grade student spelling growth? The ability or inability to spell has long been a puzzle to the author professionally and personally. Teaching in a small district has enabled this educator to follow students from preschool to adulthood, thus providing an opportunity to observe a direct correlation between the ability to spell and advancement of education in some students. Key influences included former and current students, family, friends and colleagues, along with experts such as Gentry, Bear, Henderson, Wheatley, and Wilde. The study involved pre and post assessment of students to determine individual student spelling stages in a sixth grade classroom. The instruction consisted of providing research-based spelling activities for students working on targeted stage specific spelling words.

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