Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Paul F. Hughes, M.A.

Second Advisor

Foster B. Gresham, M.A.

Third Advisor

Floyd F. Swertfeger, Ph.D.


Over the years, teachers and administrators alike have struggled with teaching orthography, the conventions and rules of spelling. In particular, teachers in Prince William County in Virginia have struggled with how to teach orthography in their junior high schools. In the past, various orthography techniques they’ve used have failed to meet the needs of their students. This thesis analyzes the effect of an in-service program in Marsteller Junior High School to improve the orthography instruction in their schools.



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