ERIC Number: ED248498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Limitations of Vocabulary Instruction. Technical Report No. 326.
Nagy, William E.; Herman, Patricia A.
Researchers and educators involved in designing programs of vocabulary instruction must take a more realistic view of the task they face and realize that vocabulary instruction has limitations. First among these limitations is the sheer size of the task. Teaching the meanings of new words one at a time cannot possibly ensure the volume of vocabulary growth necessary for normal progress in reading, nor can it be seen as a solution to the massive vocabulary problems facing many students. A second limitation is that much vocabulary instruction has been found not to increase reading comprehension measurably, and a third is the failure to take into account the heterogeneity of English vocabulary and to adapt instructional methods to different types of words. Recognition of the limitations of vocabulary instruction makes it necessary to reevaluate the goals of such instruction, and the criteria for what constitutes the most effective approach to it. A primary goal for any vocabulary program must be to foster independent word learning, which necessarily involves a large volume of reading. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Note: Expanded version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).