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ERIC Number: ED030651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Pages: 5
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Which Are the Most Important Dictionary Skills?
Mower, Morris Leon; LeRoy, Barney
Elementary English, v45 n4 p468-71 Apr 1968
Research has indicated that both teachers and elementary school children are likely to have many erroneous ideas about the dictionary and little understanding of how to use it correctly. To establish priority in dictionary skills that a child should master first and best, one staff member from each of four dictionary companies was asked to rate various dictionary matter pertaining to (1) pronunciation, (2) location of dictionary material, (3) spelling, (4) word meaning, and (5) facts concerning the history and structure of the dictionary. A five-point bipolar, open-ended rating scale was used (the five choices varied from "not needed at all" to "indispensable"). If 50% of the jury scored an item as useful, that item was considered significant to know. The results of the ratings were arranged in list form and rank order. Using this list, a teacher can begin dictionary study with the most important items in each area and ignore those which were considered not important. (The list of dictionary skills is included.) (LH)
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