Clay's the thing: clay work for mastering spelling

Carson, Patricia, and Sorin, Reesa (2018) Clay's the thing: clay work for mastering spelling. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, 12 (3). pp. 15-29.

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A number of students experience difficulty with the spelling, retention, and recognition of basic spelling words. These students, who are often Dyslexic and/or Three Dimensional Visual Thinkers (3DVT), are usually taught spelling through mainstream pedagogic practices such as phonics and rote learning; practices which are generally unsuccessful with this group. Symbol Mastery is a process where students work with clay to create visual interpretations of a word’s meaning and then they connect it to the word’s spelling and pronunciation, resulting in a multisensory approach to learning to spell. Davis developed Symbol Mastery based on his belief that creativity is an important component of learning. This study aimed to trial Symbol Mastery in order to add to the body of evidence of its impact on Dyslexic students’ spelling abilities. The research was framed as a qualitative case study, with its participants being four Dyslexic students who had completed an individualized program and eight one-on-one tutorial sessions. Data was gathered from pre- and post-program interviews with students and parents, researcher observations, and artifact collection. Along with this, pre- and post-tutorial spelling tests were administered. The results showed that through engaging with the word visually and creatively, spelling was retained and student participants were more engaged in the learning process.

Item ID: 52790
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2327-2570
Keywords: three-dimensional visual learners, working with clay, art and spelling
Copyright Information: © Common Ground Research Networks, Patricia Carson, Reesa Sorin.
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2019 04:44
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390409 Learning sciences @ 60%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390104 English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) @ 40%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum @ 70%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 30%
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