The Instant Word Notebook study was a program evaluation completed by two educators who saw a need for an instructional tool to teach and assess Instant Words. In order to address reading deficits of students in first and second grades, teachers were expected to teach Instant Words. Unfortunately, teachers did not have a systematic process to teach and assess Instant Words for mastery. The two educators of this study responded to the teachers' need for an instructional tool by creating The Instant Word Notebook. The Notebook was used by teachers to teach and assess Instant Words to first and second grade students with the anticipation of reading scores increasing. In order to measure the impact of The Instant Word Notebook on Instant Word recognition and reading achievement, the collaborative team completed a process and outcome evaluation of The Instant Word Notebook.
In this outcome evaluation, the outcome investigator completed a Comparative Analysis of The Instant Word Notebook. Measurements utilized to determine the impact of The Instant Word Notebook were the scores from the Gates MacGinitie Reading pretests and posttests and the scores from the Instant Word Recognition pretests and posttests. Information from each test was utilized by the outcome investigator to identify the impact of The Instant Word Notebook on reading achievement and Instant Word recognition.
This quantitative study focused especially on the mean difference between the treatment and control groups. The treatment group received six weeks of explicit instruction of Fry's 300 Instant Words. In contrast, the control group received the normal Instant Word instruction from their teachers. The outcome investigator compared the mean difference between the control and treatment groups to determine statistical significance of The Instant Word Notebook. The improvement in scores from the pretests to the posttests validated the use of The Instant Word Notebook as an instructional tool to improve sight word recognition.
|Commitee:||Gayaneesh, Lama, Ward, Sheila|
|School Location:||United States -- Missouri|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Elementary education, Literacy, Reading instruction|
|Keywords:||Gates MacGinitie Reading Test, Instant Word Notebook, Sight words|
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