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The influence of spatial articulation on visual discrimination of alphabetic symbols in initial literacy

Maja Novak (2016) The influence of spatial articulation on visual discrimination of alphabetic symbols in initial literacy. MSc thesis.

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    As a consequence of changes in those who try to spread the kowledge and in those who ant to absorb the knowledge, the process of educational work is constantly developing. Guidelines set for curricula of modern educational systems show positive effects of cross-curricular integration with art interpretation, which encourages intensive understanding and experiencing of concepts (Kocjančič idr., 2011: 26). The influence of planned art expression stimulation regarding the recognition of alphabetical symbols among the pupils in the first class, was the foundation of the action research, which was carried out for the entire school year. The goal of the research was to explore the possibilities of cross curricular integration and to study the influence of kinesthetic learning in the process of developing literacy skills. Because of enormous differences in the already acquired knowledge of the pupils when entering school the teaching must be individualised (Vidmar, Tymms, 2009). Both aspects: development of literacy competence as well as development of art competence of children are presented in the theoretical part. Some of the most important factors influencing the succes of early literacy progress are: different methodological approaches, understanding of development of writing and reading skills, wide range of didactic approaches, familarity with curricula and being in touch with the latest pedagogical researches. The importance of development and art expression, which puts the pupil in an active role in which he or she doesn't only accept the lectured contents but explores independently, is described. Alphabetical symbols were analysed and divided into seperate construction elements (Novak, 2015: 191). Initial abilities of first-class-pupils at the begining of the school year were presented in the empirical part of the thesis, where it was determined that tactile abilities compared to visual abilities rapidly decrease. The research is presented in three action steps. The collected data are qualitatively evaluated. The natural development of pupils abilities which develop without any extra encouragement, was eliminated with the control group. The validity of the research was provided by the use of different techniques of data collecting. The research findings show a fresh view at individualised lessons, cross-curricular connecting of Art and Slovene in the early literacy process. Some suggestions were prepared for simple didactic tools, which can be used in the process of in-class differentiation, where each pupil can progress in his/her own pace. The applied contribution of the research is in the cross curricular teamwork of an art teacher as an expert for art and the primary teacher at developing early literacy skills or other subjects for the first five years of children's education.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: alphabetical symbols, art expression, developing literacy skills, tactile abilities, visual abilities, individualised lessons
    Number of Pages: 165
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Jurij SelanMentor
    doc. dr. Darija SkubicComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11117897)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 3618
    Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 09:48
    Last Modified: 26 Aug 2016 09:48
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/3618

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