Vocabulary Development and Technology

Teaching and Transformation

Authored by: Camille L. Z. Blachowicz , Janet Beyersdorfer , Peter Fisher

International Handbook of Literacy and Technology

Print publication date:  April  2006
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780805850871
eBook ISBN: 9780203929131
Adobe ISBN: 9781135609580


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Children enter school with significant “meaningful differences” in levels of vocabulary knowledge (Hart & Risley, 1995). Some begin school with thousands of hours of exposure to books and experiences that develop rich and deep vocabularies; others come with limited experiences with words and concepts. Unfortunately, these differences widen as time goes on and may contribute to the difficulties many children experience in becoming readers (Becker, 1977; Cunningham & Stanovich, 1998; National Reading Panel, 2000.)

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