Teacher Perceptions of Define-Example-Ask Vocabulary Routines for Elementary Students

  • Lucas Shivers Manhattan-Ogden USD 383, Manhattan, Kansas
Keywords: vocabulary instruction, teacher efficacy, Wonders K-5 Curriculum


Vocabulary is a set of familiar words within a person's language. Typically developed with students’ exposure and age, the focused instructional routine of Define, Example, Ask (DEA) is used for Wonders K-5 Curriculum from McGraw Hill. This routine serves as a fundamental tool for acquiring knowledge through vocabulary in real-life methods. This article assesses teacher efficacy and perceptions of the DEA routine in year one of curriculum resource implementation with data collected from grade-level focus groups in fall 2018. The research question focuses on teacher efficacy in implementing the DEA routine.

Author Biography

Lucas Shivers, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383, Manhattan, Kansas

As USD 383 director of elementary education, Lucas Shivers channels his life-long passion for positive student and professional development to build the core values of student-centered learning and adaptive leadership to facilitate growth for each student as a champion and advocate for innovative instruction. He can be reached at lucass@usd383.org.

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