Thesis Title

Recollections of Miss Virginia: a Memorial Scrapbook of Dr. Virginia Craig (1878-1976)

Date of Graduation

Spring 1998

Degree

Master of Arts in English

Department

English

Committee Chair

Donald Holliday

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to better understand the nature of spelling development by evaluating normally developing third, fourth and fifth grade children's knowledge of orthographic rules and basic reading abilities. Specifically, letter word knowledge, basic decoding skills and the explicit knowledge of orthographic rules were assessed. Both standardized and non-standardized measures were used to assess these domains in 87 research participants. Results indicated that decoding ability is the most powerful predictor of spelling performance. In addition, orthographic rule awareness was shown to increase as grade level increases.

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© Ginger Aleen Casebeer

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