Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - NLU Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Reading, Language and Literacy

First Advisor

Dr. Peter Fisher

Second Advisor

Dr. Sophie Degener


This study investigated the impact vocabulary games have on word learning, word retention and motivation to learn words for 6th grade students. Twenty-nine students participated in this study, 22 EO students and 7 ELLs. Quantitative and qualitative data included a repeated ANOVA, independent t-tests, researcher observations, a Likert Survey, and student interviews. Findings showed vocabulary games did have a positive impact on motivation to learn new words. Vocabulary games did not have a significant impact on word learning or word retention over time, but did have a positive impact on vocabulary knowledge.