Using visual representations to build vocabulary in a science classroom
The research question addressed in this project was, in what ways does the use of non-linguistic representation of vocabulary impact the academic performance of seventh grade students with special needs? The motivating factor for this capstone was the struggle with special education students retaining vocabulary terminology. A key influence for this capstone was Marzano and Pickering's book Building academic vocabulary: Teachers manual (2005). The author incorporated drawing vocabulary terminology into each chapter covered in class. The author documents the details of the unit and uses a questionnaire to construct meaning and validate the study. This capstone details the positives and negatives of integrating non-linguistic representation in a science classroom. She concludes that students with special needs showed growth in academic performance with this teaching method.
Spitzner, Jennifer L., "Using visual representations to build vocabulary in a science classroom" (2008). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 2074.
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