Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. William H. Thompson

Second Advisor

Dr. Francis M. Hurst

Third Advisor

Dr. Stewart J. Briggs

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Joseph G. Dunn


From the very first symbol drawn upon the ground to the contemporary complicated system of communication, spelling has been a problem. The conveyance of an idea by writing has given the individual a means of expression to his fellow man, and has given the culture of the nation a method of carrying its discoveries to other groups. This study was prompted by the need for further understanding of the relationship of phonics to spelling ability.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of Psychology of the University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Robert S. Knicely March, 1956

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