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Children's acquisition of science terms: simple exposure is insufficient

Dockrell, Julie and Braisby, N and Best, R (2007) Children's acquisition of science terms: simple exposure is insufficient. Learning and Instruction, 17. pp. 577-594. ISSN 0959-4752. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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The ability of school children (N = 233) to acquire new scientific vocabulary was examined. Children from two age groups (M = 4;8 and M = 6;5) were introduced to previously unknown words in an educational video. Word knowledge was assessed through accuracy and latency for production and comprehension over a nine month period. A draw and write task assessed acquisition of domain knowledge. Word learning was poorer than has previously been reported in the literature, and subject to influences of word type (domain-specificity) and word class. The results indicate that the acquisition of scientific terms is a complex process moderated by lexical, semantic and pragmatic factors.

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Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2009 11:01
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