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ERIC Number: ED417398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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Effects of a Training Program in Deriving Word Meanings.
Tomesen, Marieke; Aarnoutse, Cor
A study examined the effectiveness of a training program in deriving word meanings through morphological analysis and from context. Subjects were 31 fourth-grade average and poor readers from 8 Dutch elementary schools. Four groups of students were assigned to the experimental group and four groups were assigned to the control group. The experimental group received 12 lessons of 45 minutes each, twice a week. The training groups consisted of average and poor reading comprehenders, so that the average readers could be a model for the poor readers. Pre- and post-tests measured students' skills of word meaning derivation and general reading comprehension skills. Results indicated that students who received the training strategies to derive word meanings were able to use the strategies in reading texts, but a transfer effect to more general reading comprehension was not found to occur. Findings suggest that a training program that focuses on word meaning derivation strategies is a helpful tool for the remediation of poor readers' problems with reading a text. (Contains 12 references and a table of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands