Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Courtney LaLonde


Academic Vocabulary Instruction Mathematics


The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of vocabulary theorist R.J. Marzano’s Six Step Process when teaching academic vocabulary words in mathematics. Academic Vocabulary is defined as vocabulary that is specific to the content being taught in the classroom in order for the students to be successful. Fifteen, third grade students (nine girls, six boys) in an inclusive classroom participated in the action research study. The effectiveness of Marzano’s Six Step Process to teaching mathematical academic vocabulary instruction was measured with biweekly pre and post assessments of word definitions and content usage. The assessments were used to measure the students’ understanding of the academic mathematic vocabulary words selected. From the findings, it was concluded that students did benefit from R.J. Marzano’s Six Step Process to academic vocabulary instruction and demonstrated greater understanding of mathematical academic vocabulary words through assessments.