ERIC Number: ED402560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Partial Word Knowledge and Vocabulary Growth during Reading Comprehension. Reading Research Report No. 76.
Schwanenflugel, Paula J.; And Others
A study investigated the development of vocabulary knowledge in elementary school children as a function of story reading for partially known and unknown words. Subjects, 43 fourth-grade low-middle to middle-class children from a rural elementary school in the southeastern United States, participated in a vocabulary checklist in which they provided definitions or sentences for words they knew (known words), and checked off words they did not know the meaning of but were familiar with (partial-knowledge words). Children then read stories containing some of these words. The remaining words served as a control. Vocabulary growth was gradual for both known and unknown words. Moreover, word factors rather than text factors were more important in the development of vocabulary knowledge. (Contains 35 references, 3 notes, and 2 tables of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Reading Research Center, Athens, GA.; National Reading Research Center, College Park, MD.