Author(s)

Kelly Volpe

Date Approved

7-15-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Special Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Lee, Jiyeon

Subject(s)

Language arts (Middle school);Interactive whiteboards

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purposes of this study are to (a) evaluate the effects of a traditional approach, the definitional approach, to vocabulary instruction for middle school students in an inclusive class; (b) evaluate the effects of using the keyword method in vocabulary instruction for middle school students; (c) evaluate the effects of using the keyword method and the Smart Board in vocabulary instruction for middle school students; (d) compare the effectiveness of the traditional approach, the keyword method, and the keyword method with the Smart Board in vocabulary instruction; and (e) examine the teacher and students satisfaction with the traditional approach, keyword strategy, and keyword strategy with the Smart Board in learning vocabulary words. Results indicate there was no significant difference in vocabulary knowledge of students taught using a traditional approach compared with using the keyword method with and without the Smart Board. Furthermore, there is no significant difference in application of vocabulary words of students taught using a traditional approach compared with using keyword method with and without the Smart Board.

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