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Fisher, B., Cozens, M. E., & Greive, C. (2007). Look-say-cover-write-say-check and old way/new way - mediational learning: A comparison of the effectiveness of two tutoring programs for children with persistent spelling difficulties. Special Education Perspectives, 16(1), 19-38.

ISSN: 1038-6475


The goal of this research was to compare the effectiveness of the Look-Say-Cover-Write-Say-Check and Old Way/New Way Mediational Learning approaches to spelling remediation. Prior to commencing the research program, selected third and fourth year Bachelor of Education (Primary) pre-service teachers were trained by the first author in tutoring methods in both spelling remediation approaches. Participants consisted of 25 students, ages 7-12, from local community schools, who were randomly allocated to one of the two treatment conditions. The program involved one-on-one tutoring by the trained pre-service teachers, under the mentorship of the first author. Statistical analysis of the pre- and post-test results indicated significant improvement for both groups, but one method did not emerge as superior to the other.


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