ERIC Number: ED307593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Are "New" Words Really New? Technical Report No. 471.
Stallman, Anne C.; And Others
A study examined whether students already know the meanings of reading vocabulary presented as "new" vocabulary in their basal readers. Subjects, 142 second and fifth grade students from two midwestern school districts, were asked to complete a yes/no test and a multiple choice test of vocabulary in their basal readers at their grade level and at one and two years beyond their grade levels. Results indicated that children in both groups did not perform much better on the words they had been formally taught than on the words they had not yet been taught. Findings suggest that educators and publishers should reevaluate the criteria they use to select vocabulary for instruction in basal readers. (Seven tables of data are included, and 25 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.