[Numeracy 245] Word Study Discussion on the Reading and Writing Skills List

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Daphne Greenberg alcdgg at langate.gsu.edu
Tue Mar 30 08:45:12 EDT 2010

Some of you may be interested in checking out a guest discussion that will be held on the Reading and Writing Skills List from April 5-April 9th (if you are interested, subscription information to this list can be found at the end of this post).

The guest discussion will focus on a dialogue on how an intervention, Word Study (Bear, Invernizzi, Templeton & Johnston, 2008), works in adult education settings. Word study is a practical approach founded on orthographic research and requires learners to examine, discriminate and make judgments about word structures, spellings and meanings.

The guest facilitator is Donita Massengill Shaw, Ph.D. She is an associate professor of Literacy Education at the University of Kansas. Her instructional load includes courses such as literacy methods for preservice elementary teachers, content area reading for secondary teachers, and graduate level courses on foundations of literacy, writing/spelling, comprehension, and the reading specialist leadership class. Donita's research interests include Word Study with adult learners and teacher education. She is passionate about finding efficient and proficient ways to enable adult learners to successfully meet their educational goals.


General Questions to consider:

What is Word Study? What is the history behind the intervention? How does Word Study work with adults when Word Study research has been conducted mainly with children?

To what extent should adult educators work on word knowledge with adult learners when the purpose of reading should focus on comprehension? And writing should focus on communication?

What information is available to guide adult educators in their teaching of word knowledge?

Research Questions to consider:

What does Word Study look like in an adult education setting? (ABE, GED, ESL)

What impact does Word Study have on adult students' reading and spelling?

What do adults say during and after they engage in Word Study?

To obtain a bit of background regarding word study:

The official discussion announcement for this discussion can be found at:

Please spread the word around. You and your colleagues can subscribe to the Reading and Writing list at: http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/readwrite (at the end of the discussion you can also unsubscribe if you want to). You will be sent an email requesting confirmation of your subscription, and you will need to follow the directions in the email to verify your subscription request.

Daphne Greenberg
Facilitator of NIFL's Reading and Writing Skills Electronic Discussion List