ERIC Number: ED352103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May-25
Reference Count: 0
Measuring and Facilitating Vocabulary Acquisition of Basic Skills Reading Students.
Snouffer, Nancy Kendall; And Others
A vocabulary improvement project, comprised of three components, was initiated at Del Mar College (DMC) in Corpus Christi, Texas, in spring 1991. Component 1 consisted of a baseline study of vocabulary knowledge among students in two levels of remedial reading classes. The test instrument measured content-specific vocabulary in English/literature, mathematics, science, and social studies. Component 2 of the project involved a search of print and computer sources for content-based reading assignments and vocabulary practice exercises. In the final component of the project, beginning-level instructors in remedial English, remedial math, Vocational Nursing, and American History were asked to provide lists of 50 or more basic vocabulary words that students would need to begin the first course in their disciplines. These lists will be used in designing learning packets for vocabulary reinforcement and reading. Included in this report on the project are data tables showing results from the vocabulary testing in Component 1 of the study; the completed lists of subject-specific vocabulary terms provided to instructors in Component 3; a list of criteria used for evaluating materials in Component 2; a bibliography of materials examined, including information on costs and ordering procedures; and two sample instructional units emerging from the project, covering math and reading vocabulary. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Del Mar College TX
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development's Annual International Conference on Teaching Excellence (14th, Austin, TX, May 24-27, 1992).