M.A. Reading Education
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education
College of Education
decoding, multisensory, sight words, small group instruction
Language arts--Remedial teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Students struggling with reading are at risk for academic and reading failure. It is imperative to engage and motivate these students through the use of multisensory instruction which appeals to their learning style. To improve the decoding and spelling of sight words, second grade students in a small group instruction setting were given four weeks of multisensory instruction using various materials. Data was collected in a qualitative framework throughout the study using multiple data sources. What was found was that when the struggling students preferred a multisensory activity, after consistent use with that material, they performed better in weekly assessments. Students also reported increased confidence in their reading skills as well as increased overall enjoyment of reading. Additionally, all students displayed a marked improvement in each target decoding skill and in the spelling of previously un-mastered sight words.
Fisher, Elissa Anne, "Outcome of implementing multisensory instruction with second grade students who struggle with reading" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 582.