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ERIC Number: EJ775382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 43
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0270-2711
Children's Immediate Understanding of Vocabulary: Contexts and Dictionary Definitions
Gardner, Dee
Reading Psychology, v28 n4 p331-373 Jul 2007
This study investigates children's ability to utilize context cues (forward or backward), dictionary definitions (original or revised), or combinations of the two to understand unfamiliar words. Significant word gains were found for all treatments and reading skill levels. Revised definitions produced significantly greater gains than forward context cues, backward context cues, and original definitions. Combined treatments produced significantly greater gains than backward context cues. Advanced readers demonstrated significantly greater gains than average or below-average readers. Implications for reading research and instruction are forwarded and the construct of Immediate Understanding is defined and explored. (Contains 6 tables and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A