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ERIC Number: ED276984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Adequacy of College Students' Vocabulary for Reading the Daily Paper.
Greif, Ivo P.
A study of the vocabulary adequacy of college students using words from a daily newspaper duplicated an earlier study using words from "Reader's Digest" which indicated a low level of adequacy. Two groups of 295 and 397 college juniors and seniors in teacher education courses indicated on a list of 80 words taken from a daily newspaper which ones they were sure they could pronounce and which ones they were sure they could define. Subjects were then asked to define or pronounce randomly selected words from those they had checked. Results indicated that the two groups could actually pronounce 50.8% and 52.3% respectively of the 80 words, and could actually define 19% and 18.75% respectively of the same 80 words. The study concluded that college students are not good at pronouncing words, but can pronounce more words than they can define. Also, they have little knowledge about meanings of words taken out of context, but apparently believe that if you can pronounce a word, you can read it. Improved methods for teaching vocabulary and greater demands on student achievement are needed to increase students' reading comprehension ability. (SRT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A