Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

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2023-05-12 10:12:59


Early Childhood Inclusive Teacher Preparation

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


Teachers have commonly taught sight words through viewing the word as a whole unit and committing it to memory through repetition, but this practice bears little connection to phonics. While this method may work for some, for many students, especially those with specific learning disabilities (SLDs), it is not enough. Through this honors project, the teacher candidate will research new instructional methods based in the Science of Reading, which utilize orthographic mapping, or letter-sound connections, to chunk sight words into recognizable and phonetically regular spelling patterns (Ehri, 2014). To do so, she will investigate a body of evidence from relevant research studies and scholarly articles that have examined the science and findings behind these new methods of sight word instruction conducted in the past twenty years. The goal of the project is to better understand how to explicitly teach sight words in early childhood for meaningful recognition.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Sarah Cooey

First Reader

Dr. Gail Evanchan

Second Reader

Mija Trammell

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Lynn Kline

Proprietary and/or Confidential Information


Powers_Cover-Sheet (signed).pdf (109 kB)
Cover page with signatures

WHC-HRP+Final+Signature+Page (Powers).pdf (385 kB)
Final signature page



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