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Making the Links: Integrating Spelling, Vocabulary, Knowledge and Comprehension across the Curriculum

 

Teachers in secondary schools have raised concerns about the spelling and vocabulary knowledge in their middle years classrooms (Year 7-9), suggesting that many students reach this phase of schooling unable to successfully comprehend complex subject area texts or write extended text that is representative of their knowledge of the subject.

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 In 2010 the Catholic Education Office of WA (CEOWA) commissioned Associate Professor Val Faulkner and Associate Professor Grace Oakley to undertake a detailed study that explored supporting student improvement in spelling, word knowledge and reading comprehension. A key focus for the study was to improve teacher knowledge of how to support students with spelling, word knowledge and vocabulary development. Eight schools participated in the study during 2010 and 2011. Four schools from the 2009 pilot study and four additional schools that joined the study in first term 2010. Two detailed reports titled Making the Links: Integrating Spelling, Vocabulary, Knowledge and Comprehension across the Curriculum have been produced from the study.

These reports has been welcomed by the CEOWA teaching community as the data continues to support both researchers and participants’ claims that teachers must develop a deep understanding of the developmental aspect of spelling and word knowledge as well as explore the links between vocabulary knowledge and comprehension.  It also reinforces the value of students being explicitly supported in building word knowledge, of applying this knowledge across the curriculum and using this knowledge to become more strategic readers.

Contact

Please email Val Faulkner or call (+61) 8 6488 2386, if you require further information on this project.

 
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