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ERIC Number: ED418687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-13
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Using Electronic Books To Promote Vocabulary Development. Faculty Released Time Project Final Report, Spring 1998.
Higgins, Norman; Hess, Laura
This study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of electronic books for teaching vocabulary with and without specific supplemental vocabulary building activities. Twenty-two third grade children were divided evenly into an experimental group and a control group. Children in the control group listened as a computer read a page of the electronic book, "The New Kid on the Block: Poems by Jack Prelutsky," and viewed the animation for two target words. A researcher asked if the child knew the meaning of the word and, if not, the child viewed the animation again. The study procedure was the same in the experimental group, except that the researcher gave the child a synonym of the word if the child did not understand the word after viewing the animation a second time. Children who received supplemental vocabulary instruction in conjunction with the electronic book performed significantly better than children who used an electronic book without supplementary instruction. There was little difference in the number of times children in either group selected the target words in their search for word meaning. Four of the 11 children in the experimental group were able to define all six of the target words on the posttest, whereas none of the children in the control group were able to define all six words. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Electronic Books