ERIC Number: EJ1093716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Students' Perceptions of Vocabulary Knowledge and Learning in a Middle School Science Classroom
Brown, Patrick L.; Concannon, James P.
International Journal of Science Education, v38 n3 p391-408 2016
This study investigated eighth-grade science students' (13-14-year-olds) perceptions of their vocabulary knowledge, learning, and content achievement. Data sources included pre- and posttest of students' perceptions of vocabulary knowledge, students' perceptions of vocabulary and reading strategies surveys, and a content achievement test. Students' perceptions of vocabulary knowledge were compared before and after instruction to see whether students believed they gained knowledge and the ability to explain categories of technical science terms. Students' perceptions of vocabulary knowledge increased as a result of instruction. The participants had favorable views of the vocabulary and reading strategies implemented and believed the literacy approaches were important for their developing science knowledge. In addition, students' content achievement was compared to a national data set. Students in this study outperformed a national data set on all content knowledge items assessed. Students' perceptions of their knowledge and vocabulary and reading strategies were congruent with their content achievement. This study is one of the first to highlight the pivotal role students' perception of vocabulary knowledge and vocabulary and reading strategies plays in science content learning.
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Student Attitudes, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Grade 8, Knowledge Level, Pretests Posttests, Reading Strategies, Student Surveys, Achievement Tests, Instructional Effectiveness, Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, Scientific Literacy, Science Achievement, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 8; Elementary Education
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