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Spelling instruction through Etymology : a method of developing spelling lists for older students

Hutcheon, Greg, Campbell, Marilyn A., & Stewart, Judith (2012) Spelling instruction through Etymology : a method of developing spelling lists for older students. Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 12, pp. 60-70.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether an approach to developing word lists centred on etymological roots would improve the spelling performance of older primary school students. Participants were 46 students in the last year of primary school in south-east Queensland (31 girls and 15 boys) across three classes, with two classes being assigned to control conditions. Students were evaluated pre- and post-intervention on three dependent measures: British Spelling Test Series spelling, spelling in writing and writing. The results of this intervention revealed improvements in spelling for girls but not for boys. The implications for improved teaching methods are discussed.

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ID Code: 53021
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: spelling instruction, upper primary, etymological roots
ISSN: 1446-5442
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 09 Aug 2012 08:48
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2013 15:07

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