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Syverson, Genevieve B.||Dewar, John A.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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School of Education


Spelling ability--Study and teaching


A survey of the literature from the years 1953 to 1963 pertaining to philosophies and methodologies in the teaching of spelling was made in order to discover whether one method or philosophy was superior to the others, and to classify the philosophies into ordered and related tonics. Data for the study was gathered by reviewing books, periodicals, teachers' manuals, previous research studios, and writings of authorities in the area. There was voluminous material available on the subject. Personal interviews with authorities In the field were also utilized. At the conclusion of the study nothing was found In the literature which suggested the superiority of one method of teaching spelling over all the others. No one method was shown to be superior for a particular IQ level or for an individual child or group of children. Although no one method was found to be superior, all methods (individual, test-study-test, word perception with test, word perception without test, proofreading and correcting, workbook, and mechanical aids) emphasized the stricture of words, and the integration of spelling with the other school subjects. Spelling was agreed to be a psychological and physiological process, and the varied sensory approaches (auditory, kinesthetic, and visual) were used to some degree in each method to provide the needed stimulus of neurological input, imagery, and output.


Includes bibliographical references.


iii, 87 pages




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