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Gruhn, Sophie; Segers, Eliane; Verhoeven, Ludo – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2020
We investigated pictorial versus contextual support effects over and above teaching of definitions on children's word learning and retention as well as the moderating role of reading comprehension. In a between-subject pre-post-retention test control group design, Dutch fourth graders learned concrete and abstract Dutch words. The context group…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Vocabulary Development
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Petersen-Brown, Shawna; Lundberg, Ashlee R.; Ray, Jannine E.; Dela Paz, Iwalani N.; Riss, Carrington L.; Panahon, Carlos J. – Psychology in the Schools, 2019
Spaced practice, or the distribution of practice opportunities across time, is a well-known and effective practice for improving retention. However, spaced practice is not effectively implemented in schools, perhaps as a result of a lack of educationally relevant research in the area. We conducted an educationally relevant investigation of the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Retention (Psychology)
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Swehla, Sarah E.; Burns, Matthew K.; Zaslofsky, Anne F.; Hall, Matthew S.; Varma, Sashank; Volpe, Robert J. – Psychology in the Schools, 2016
Incremental rehearsal (IR) is a highly effective intervention that uses high repetition and a high ratio of known to unknown items with linearly spaced known items between the new items. It has been hypothesized that narrowly spaced practice would result in quick learning, whereas items that are widely spaced would result in longer-term retention.…
Descriptors: Efficiency, Intervention, Grade 4, Elementary School Students
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Graham, Lori; Graham, Anna; West, Courtney – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2015
This study was designed to demonstrate the effect of implementing multi-component vocabulary strategy instruction in fourth grade social studies. Curriculum was designed for a six-week period and was intended to actively engage students and reinforce retention of word meanings in isolation and in context. Teachers were randomly chosen for…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Grade 4, Social Studies, Curriculum Design