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ERIC Number: EJ867747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1079-0195
Theory to Practice: Vocabulary Instruction in Community College Developmental Education Reading Classes: What the Research Tells Us
Willingham, Donna; Price, Debra
Journal of College Reading and Learning, v40 n1 p91-105 Fall 2009
Community college developmental education students face numerous obstacles as they proceed through their years of higher education. One specific area of need is students' inadequate vocabularies. Advanced communication skills are an integral part of higher education, so students may be at an academic disadvantage if these skills are not well-developed. Developmental students' weak vocabularies compound the other challenges they face. The purpose of this article is to present theoretical frameworks and research perspectives concerning vocabulary instruction with developmental students in order to encourage educators to continue examining this area as a critical component of developmental instruction. Additionally, studies exploring successful strategies for vocabulary growth are presented for educators looking for ways to effectively integrate vocabulary instruction into college developmental reading classes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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