The Effects of SAFMEDS on the Accuracy and Fluency of Science Vocabulary
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The purpose of this study was to determine if the use of flashcards and SAFMEDS would improve the accuracy and fluency of science vocabulary for fourth-grade students. SAFMEDS stands for Say All Facts a Minute Each Day Shuffled. This strategy utilized flashcards with the vocabulary word on one side and the definition on the other side. Subjects were given five minutes to practice the flashcards each day. The subjects were then given one minute to go through as many of the cards as possible. Correct and incorrect responses were charted on a graph. The research design for this study was a multiple-baseline design across subjects. The independent variables were the flashcards and SAFMEDS, and the dependent variable was the accuracy and fluency of science vocabulary words as measured by a 'celeration chart. A 'celeration chart is a standard chart used to track behavior which in this study was the number of correct and incorrect responses by the subjects after going through the flashcards for a one minute timing. The results from this study show that flashcard and SAFMEDS training does improve the accuracy and fluency of science vocabulary words.
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