Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership


There appears to be a general agreement among educators that a close relationship exists between the skill of reading and the skill of spelling. Since both reading and spelling serve as major components of communication, parallels exist between factors necessary for success in spelling and reading (Chall, 1967; Wallace and Larsen, 1979). After observing methods employed by students in spelling unfamiliar words, Kottmeyer (1959) concluded that skills used in decoding words in reading are also used in attempts to spell correctly.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Special Education and Counseling and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Deirdre Breathnach July, 1983