Date of Award
Graduate Field Experience
Master Of Arts In Urban Education
Colleges & School
College Of Education And Leadership
Library of Congress Subject Heading
Vocabulary; Academic achievement
This study documents the effects of explicit vocabulary instruction on overall knowledge in a 6th grade science classroom. Previous research suggests that multiple exposures to new vocabulary words and consistent vocabulary instruction across grade levels can help students excel in content area classes, (Sweeney and Mason, 2011). An action research was designed to increase student success in the science classroom by implementing a word map strategy for new vocabulary words. Students completed a pre-test and post-test to show their growth in the content area along with three vocabulary quizzes to test their knowledge of new words. The results of the action research suggests that focusing on vocabulary does increase student success in content area classes, but vocabulary instruction should include small group instruction in order to reach all types of learners.
Connell, Jessica, "The effect of explicit vocabulary instruction on student performance in content area classes" (2013). Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects. 388.