Vocabulary instruction: Teacher perceptions and classroom observations
AuthorMiller, Susan Frances, 1962-
KeywordsVocabulary -- Study and teaching.
AdvisorAnders, Patricia L.
Bos, Candace S.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study investigates the relationships between theory-based vocabulary research (Anderson and Freebody, 1981; Mezynski, 1983), teacher perceptions of the effectiveness and usability of twelve vocabulary strategies on a researcher-developed survey, and observations in content area classrooms during vocabulary instruction. Among the findings, the following are major: (1) Each hypothesis offers differing instructional implications for vocabulary instruction; (2) the responses on the survey indicate that strategies implied by the Knowledge Hypothesis are the most effective and strategies implied by the Instrumental Hypothesis are the most usable; (3) observations of five teachers indicate that observed behaviors, reported practices, and personal reports are inconsistent; and (4) triangulation of the three data sources reveals some consistency and some contradictions. Implications for future research, teacher education and practice are discussed.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Special Education and Rehabilitation