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Master's Theses

Fort Hays State University

Literacy

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Understanding How College Students' Literacy Is Affected By Texting Sms Lexicon, Katherine L. Herrman Nov 2012

Understanding How College Students' Literacy Is Affected By Texting Sms Lexicon, Katherine L. Herrman

Master's Theses

Spelling and grammar have always been taught in schools as means of proper language mechanics (U.S.D.E., 2006). Recently, the use of correct spelling and proper grammar in writing among college students has seemed to weaken (Junco & Cotton, 2011). Although there may be many factors that could contribute to this decrease in proper language use, the development of new technologies may be playing an important role. Presently, one of the newest technologies, cell phones, is in the hands of many young adults. Most of these young adults are using their cell phones to send and receive instant messages, or text messages. In typing out text messages a new lexicon has developed that uses a pattern of short cuts to communicate complete sentences (SMS, 2010). The extent to which young adults or college students use this new lexicon may be affecting their ability to spell correctly and use proper grammar language within other arenas; most notably, academics. The purpose of the current study is to analyze the effects of high versus low usage of short messaging system (SMS) lexicon in text messaging on college students’ spelling and grammar abilities. Theory suggests that college students who participate in text messaging more often will have poorer spelling and grammar abilities due to the increase in using the ...


An Experimental Developmental Reading Program For A City Elementary School, Lloyd Shank Jul 1952

An Experimental Developmental Reading Program For A City Elementary School, Lloyd Shank

Master's Theses

The objectives of the education of exceptional children must be in accord with the principles of democracy. They do not differ from the general objectives of education for all children; only the means of obtaining these objectives must differ. The educational Policies Commission has identified four groups of objectives or educational purposes relating to the person himself, to his membership in the family or community group, to his activities as a producer and consumer, and to his life as a citizen. The commission defines these four groups as the objectives of self-realization, human relationship, economic efficiency, and civic responsibility.


A Study Of The Summer Remedial Reading Program Of The Ellinwood Kansas Elementary School, Manly Huber Nov 1951

A Study Of The Summer Remedial Reading Program Of The Ellinwood Kansas Elementary School, Manly Huber

Master's Theses

Beginning in 1949 a remedial summer school session was held in the Ellinwood Elementary School to help the pupils who had failed to advance with their groups or whose achievement was low. This investigation was designed to study the summer school program for the purpose of justifying its continuance or to show the effort to be of insignificant educational value and , therefore, no more than a keep -them-off-the-street plan . Although the summer school -included only the subjects of reading, arithmetic, and spelling, the study was limited to the remedial reading division of the summer of 1949 during which there were ...


An Annotated Bibliography Of Suggested Free Reading For The Seventh Grade, John Sipe Jul 1951

An Annotated Bibliography Of Suggested Free Reading For The Seventh Grade, John Sipe

Master's Theses

The writer, in an attempt to encourage the free-reading habits of seventh grade students, has felt a definite need for a list of good books of different classes. This list would serve as a ready source for making recommendations to students according to their interests. A great number of bibliographies were available, but none could be found by the writer which would give an overall view of reading interests and still be concise enough for use as a quick reference. It is from this felt need for an easily accessible reference list that the basis for this study arose. Specifically ...


A Study Of Performance In English Skills, Reading Comprehension And Written Composition, Paul Cartson Kennedy Jul 1950

A Study Of Performance In English Skills, Reading Comprehension And Written Composition, Paul Cartson Kennedy

Master's Theses

The problem of this thesis is to determine the extent to which there is direct correlation between a student’s knowledge of general English skills and his performance in reading comprehension and written composition. Certain limitations, definitions of terms, and necessary assumptions naturally come within the scope of the problem. These need to be designated and recognized in order that one may better understand their meaning and significance throughout the study.


The Relationship Of Reading And Spelling Ability At Various School Levels, Robert C. Richards Jul 1948

The Relationship Of Reading And Spelling Ability At Various School Levels, Robert C. Richards

Master's Theses

Current emphasis in spelling and reading appears to be on the unitary nature of the child's development especially in relation to the language arts. While the writer is interested in the analysis of reading abilities and spelling ability in order to determine the fundamental language abilities common to both skills, the specific problem of this investigation is to, "discover the consistency of the relationship of spelling and reading abilities of pupils from the fifth grade through the ninth grade inclusive". This relationship refers to the linear correlation relationship derived from the use of standardized tests. The particular phases of ...


Achievement In Spelling In The Elementary School With And Without The Use Of Textbooks In The Hands Of Pupils, Ernest R. Allbert May 1937

Achievement In Spelling In The Elementary School With And Without The Use Of Textbooks In The Hands Of Pupils, Ernest R. Allbert

Master's Theses

The specific problem of this thesis is to determine the relative worth of two methods of instruction in spelling, namely: (1) achievement in spelling when pupils study the spelling lesson then the words are written on the blackboard, and (2) when the spelling words are studied in the orthodoxy way – from the textbook. In so far as the writer has been able to determine there is little in the literature of education concerning experimental investigations of the relative worth of these two methods.