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Spring 2006

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Jamaica: Gender and Development


The current study was conducted to investigate the effects of oral instruction and teaching with systematic phonemic awareness at the Operation Restoration Christian School of Trench Town, Jamaica. To do this, the researcher taught a class of five low level readers, using teaching methodology provided by the Sadlier Phonics Teacher’s Manual and outside literature concerning phonemic awareness and the alphabetic principle. For a five week, with a total of 15 days, student progress was monitored using daily observational notes and through a comparison of test results conducted at the beginning and the end of the research period. In this period of time, students were able to show drastic improvements in reading skills and their ability to learn. While many social obstacles that are prevalent in the marginalized community of Trench Town make learning difficult, the use of educational and behavioral intervention can alleviate the problems presented.


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