In search of the keyword method/vocabulary comprehension link

Joel R. Levin, Beverly J. Dretzke, Michael Pressley, Julia E. McGivern

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Previous research has indicated that the keyword method of vocabulary learning facilitates students' performance not just on simple tests of definition recall, but on comprehension-demanding tasks as well. The present study was conducted to determine whether the "comprehension" finding could be accounted for by keyword subjects' superior definition recall per se. The results generally supported that conclusion: When conditions and subjects within conditions were equated with respect to their initial levels of definition recall, the comprehension advantage of keyword subjects disappeared.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-227
Number of pages8
JournalContemporary Educational Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1985

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