ERIC Number: ED098541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Some Comparisons Between the Dolch Basic Sight Vocabulary and the Word List for the 1970's.
Johns, Jerry L.
The purpose of this study was to determine the proportion of words that the Dolch list and the word list for the 1970's accounted for in written materials. The two word lists were compared by token comparison--a method by which words are weighted on the basis of frequency of occurrence within a given set of materials. The written materials used for the comparisons were two large word count studies published within the past decade. In determining the cumulative frequency of words on each list, regularly inflected forms were combined. Calculating the cumulative frequencies of both the word list for the 1970's and the Dolch list in each of the two large word count studies made it possible to determine whether any differences existed and the statistical significance of the differences. The results indicated that the word list for the 1970's accounted for a significantly greater proportion of words than the Dolch list in written materials encountered by both children and adults. However, both lists accounted for over 50 percent of the words used in materials for children and adults. (WR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dolch Basic Sight Vocabulary