ERIC Number: ED264546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Learning Word Meanings from Context: How Broadly Generalizable? Technical Report No. 347.
Nagy, William E.; And Others
A study was conducted to investigate incidental learning of word meanings from context during normal reading. Subjects were 129 third grade, 85 fifth grade, and 138 seventh grade students of differing comprehension ability who first completed a vocabulary checklist containing target words and distractors, then read either expository or narrative passages from grade level textbooks. Six days after reading the selections, the students completed a multiple choice vocabulary test designed to measure their knowledge of difficult words from the passages. Small but reliable gains in knowledge of words from the passages were found at all grade and ability levels. The results suggest that getting students to read more should be an effective means for promoting vocabulary growth regardless of grade or ability. Appendices include a five page list of references and tables showing target words, and sample multiple choice questions. (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.