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Accelerating spelling skills using morphographs

Maggs, A.; McMillan, K.; Patching, W.; Hawke, H.
This study examined the effect of Morphographic Spelling on the spelling skills of 132 remedial and general education elementary students over eight months. There were three groups of general education fourth grade students and one group of remedial sixth grade students. The Schonell Graded Word Spelling Test (SGWST) was administered for pre- and posttest measures. Results from the SGWST indicate that students gained 11 to 36 months in spelling age over eight months of instruction. Results for the three groups of general education students (A, B, & C), the percentage of students demonstrating gains of eight or more months of spelling age were 97%, 85%, and 75% respectively. Fifty eight percent of the remedial students (Group D) demonstrated gains of eight months or more. In comparison to national norms, the general education students in all three groups demonstrated gains large enough to be considered statistically significant. (Copyright © 2011, National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). All rights reserved).
Research areas:
Main publication type:
Program Effectiveness
Morphographic Spelling; Schonell Graded Word Spelling Test; remedial students; general education student
Educational Psychology
Design type:
Pretest posttest gain scores, pretest posttest norm comparison design
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Students included:
Elementary students, remedial students, general education students, Caucasian students
Elementary school, Sydney, Australia
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