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An Investigation On The Effect Of Context Method Versus The Traditional Dictionary Method On Vocabulary Development, Laurie Ault Dec 1982

An Investigation On The Effect Of Context Method Versus The Traditional Dictionary Method On Vocabulary Development, Laurie Ault

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a context approach to vocabulary instruction versus a more traditional dictionary method of vocabulary instruction. Research favored the use of context for teaching vocabulary in a meaningful way. Words acquire meaning for a person after they have been seen and heard in relation to familiar concepts. A student's personal experiences should also be fully utilized in both vocabulary and concept development.

This study combined the areas of personal experience and use of context. The study involved thirty high school students who were randomly assigned to two groups. One ...