Complexities of Individual Differences in Vocabulary Knowledge

Implications for Research, Assessment, and Instruction

Authored by: Michael J. Kieffer , Katherine D. Stahl

Handbook of Individual Differences in Reading

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  August  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415658874
eBook ISBN: 9780203075562
Adobe ISBN: 9781135120931


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Since the 1980s, researchers have recognized the importance of vocabulary knowledge for individual differences in reading comprehension (Anderson & Freebody, 1981; Beck, Perfetti, & McKeown, 1982; S. A. Stahl & Fairbanks, 1986; Stanovich, 1986). Over the last few decades, some consensus has emerged regarding the multifaceted nature of individual differences in vocabulary, relations between vocabulary and reading comprehension ability, and principles that guide effective vocabulary instruction. Although several questions remain unanswered about how to conceptualize, assess, and teach word meanings, enough is known about vocabulary that some useful principles can be offered to educators.

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