ERIC Number: ED184057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation on the Effect of a Facilitating Visual-Verbal Method Versus the Traditional Dictionary Method on Vocabulary Development.
Katz, Carla S.
A study to investigate the effect of a visual-verbal method versus a traditional dictionary method to teaching vocabulary development involved 44 students in seventh grade literature classes. A review of the literature indicated a need for quality vocabulary instruction that could offer students more creative, diverse methods to increase their level of understanding in their speaking, listening, and writing vocabularies. Students in the study were divided into two groups: a visual-verbal group illustrated their words by cutting out or drawing pictures to accompany them; a traditional dictionary group looked up their words in the dictionary, listed a synonym or an antonym, and wrote a sentence for each. Both groups then were involved in some form of discussion on their selections. Multiple choice and word passage pretests and posttests were administered and an analysis of the results indicated that there were no significant differences between the two methods. The findings suggest that a visual-verbal method could offer needed indepth understanding of words if it was used in conjunction with other vocabulary instruction methods. (The study's tests and test results are appended.) (AEA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.Ed. Thesis, State University at Brockport.