ERIC Number: ED414300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Location of Glossary Words as a Factor in Students' Performance on Vocabulary Tests.
Martin, George I.
This study involving 84 eighth-grade reading students in a rural middle school measured the effects of the location of glossary (vocabulary) words in anthology text books. Control groups read from texts with glossary words only at the end of the texts, and experimental groups read from texts with the glossary words on the bottom of text pages. All students took the same vocabulary tests the day following the completion of reading each of two different stories: "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "Flowers for Algernon." Based on vocabulary test results, no significant difference existed between the scores of students in the control and experimental groups. The implications are, therefore, that teachers and administrators should question the need to change from traditional text books that have glossary words only at the end of the texts. (Contains 2 tables and 25 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (20th, 1997).