M.A. Learning Disabilities
Special Educational Services/Instruction
College of Education
Kuder, S Jay
Elementary Education and Teaching
The purpose of this study was based on the need for fifth grade students (n = 18) to expand vocabulary acquisition in short and long term memory. The Keyword Method is a useful mnemonic aid which can help broaden students' vocabulary by means of speech and language and ultimately with reading and writing. Understanding vocabulary words and how they relate to other ideas and concepts greatly impacts and influences reading comprehension. Extensive research has proven the Keyword Method to be an effective teaching tool. It increases concreteness and meaningfulness of newly obtained information, and the Keyword Method connects recently learned information to prior knowledge which has already been stored. On the other hand, there are still limitations with using the Keyword Method. Data collection occurred over a period of twenty weeks for this group research design study. Quiz and test scores increased through the duration of this study. Students were also observed utilizing the Keyword Method mnemonic strategy throughout other subjects as a study tool. Implications for teaching vocabulary to students in the inclusion setting are discussed.
Aureli, Danielle, "The keyword method: a study of vocabulary acquisition in fifth grade" (2011). Theses and Dissertations. 81.