ERIC Number: ED046210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Deaf Child's Knowledge of Words: Volume I. Final Report.
Silverman-Dresner, Toby; Guilfoyle, George R.
To assess the reading vocabulary knowledge of deaf children, a vocabulary pool of 14,852 words was reduced to 7,300 words. These words were fed into a computer to produce 73 sets of 100 randomly selected words each. The 73 sets were converted into vocabulary tests which were randomly administered, two per child, to 13,207 deaf students, ages 7-17 years, in 89 schools for the deaf in the United States. Results indicated that girls, in general, seem to know more words than do boys, and that older children seem to know more words in common than do younger ones. The major portion of the report consists of a list of the 7,300 words, with definitions, and with the percentages of children in each of five age groups who knew the word. A summary of words known by 67% of deaf children at the various age levels is also presented. Appended are statistical characteristics, such as times administered and mean scores, of the 73 test forms, and statistics on the frequency of occurrence and percentage of correct responses for each of the 7,300 words for the total group of subjects and for just the 7-year-old subjects. Appended information continues in Volume 2 of the report (see EC 031 575), which includes an alphabetical list of the test forms and instructions to teachers for test administration. (Author/KW)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Lexington School for the Deaf, New York, NY.