ERIC Number: ED294670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Using Vocabulary Acquisition To Improve the Performance in Reading and Attitude of Students in Second Grade.
Bunish, Norbert T.
Written by a counselor-teacher-program coordinator working in an urban elementary school, this practicum aimed to improve the receptive vocabulary development program for second grade students. Specific goals were to: (1) improve second grade students' receptive vocabulary; (2) use students' improved receptive vocabulary to increase their reading comprehension; and (3) improve students' attitude toward reading through their experience of success in vocabulary development activities and reading vocabulary and comprehension tests. To attain these goals, a receptive vocabulary development program based on the selection and combination of various techniques was implemented. Techniques used involved context clues, increased time on task, explicit phonics instruction, parental involvement, the use of multisensory activities, student motivation, and exposure to a variety of written and printed materials. Evaluation data indicated that all participating students enlarged their receptive vocabulary, increased their reading comprehension, and improved their attitude toward reading. It is concluded that a receptive vocabulary development program which uses a variety of quick-paced multisensory activities, combined with a sustained silent reading program with home and school components, can increase reading comprehension as well as improve students' attitudes toward reading. Sample program materials are appended. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.