ERIC Number: ED463556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
The Use of Graphic Organizers in Vocabulary Instruction.
Smith, Jessica J.
This study was performed to determine whether graphic organizers or traditional methods were a more effective way of instructing and assessing vocabulary development. The traditional methods included instructing with the use of context clues and/or dictionary use, and assessing with the use of matching, cloze passages, and/or fill-ins. A group of ten, 7th grade boys with learning disabilities took part in the study. The study consisted of alternating the traditional and graphic organizer instructional and methods assessments over an 8-week period. The results of the study revealed no significant differences in vocabulary development with the use of graphic organizers versus traditional methods. Possible explanations for this finding are discussed. Appendixes contain four examples of how "Part to Whole" graphic organizers can be used; one example of "Vocabulary Matching"; and one example of a "Word Bank." (Contains 37 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Research Project, Kean University. Six copyrighted graphic organizers in appendix are not available from ERIC.