Date Approved

7-1-2005

Embargo Period

4-19-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Subject(s)

Classroom learning centers; Vocabulary--Study and teaching (Elementary)

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to determine the effect of different vocabulary strategies on student comprehension. A main focus of the research is to determine the impact of learning centers and interactive bulletin boards in helping students develop word knowledge in the subject area of social studies. This study takes place in a fourth grade general education classroom in an elementary school in southern New Jersey. The research includes qualitative data from student surveys and interviews, and teacher questionnaires and interviews, as well as the two vocabulary interventions: a learning center and an interactive bulletin board. The students completed pre- and post-assessments for each intervention. The data was analyzed across each of the instruments to determine themes and patterns that were consistent. The results of this study seem to suggest that the use of non-traditional vocabulary strategies can increase students' motivation towards vocabulary instruction.

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