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Effect of Music, Gestures, and Music with Gestures on the Sight-Word Recognition of Students with Dyslexia

Title: The Effect of Music, Gestures, and Music with Gestures on the Sight-Word Recognition of Students with Dyslexia.
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Name(s): Draper, Ellary Anne, author
Darrow, Alice-Ann, professor directing thesis
Standley, Jayne M., committee member
Gregory, Sarah, committee member
College of Music, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of music, gestures, and music with gestures on the sight-word recognition of students with dyslexia. Specifically, this study examined participants': 1) sight-word recognition in isolation, 2) time-delay in sight-word recognition, 3) sight-word recognition in reading passages, and 4) reading comprehension of reading passages. Students with dyslexia at a private school for students with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder served as participants (N = 6). All participants received reading instruction on the target sight-words using music, gestures, and music with gestures. During the music condition, participants sang the target words to short melodic motifs. During the gesture condition, participants signed the words. During the music with gesture condition, participants both sang and signed the target words. Results indicated that participants made significant improvement pre- to posttest for sight-word recognition in isolation and in reading passages. All conditions resulted in significant participant improvement pre- to posttest; however, both music and gestures used alone were significantly more effective than music with gestures. There was no significant difference in participants' time-delay of sight-words in isolation or in reading comprehension of selected passages.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0676 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music Therapy.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: June 25, 2007.
Keywords: Sign Language, Reading, Dyslexia, Gesture, Music
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Alice-Ann Darrow, Professor Directing Thesis; Jayne M. Standley, Committee Member; Sarah Gregory, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0676
Owner Institution: FSU

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Draper, E. A. (2007). The Effect of Music, Gestures, and Music with Gestures on the Sight-Word Recognition of Students with Dyslexia. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0676