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What Do Children Know, When They Know a Word?

Title: What Do Children Know, When They Know a Word?.
Name(s): Phythian-Sence, Caroline, author
Wagner, Richard K., professor directing thesis
Schatschneider, Christopher, committee member
Kaschak, Michael P., committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Although word knowledge is often conceptualized as an "all or nothing" phenomenon, the dichotomy of this perspective may not capture what children actually know when they "know" a word. An alternative perspective, that word knowledge is multidimensional, was tested using confirmatory factor analysis. Expressive and receptive definitional knowledge, contextual knowledge, morphological knowledge, and conceptual knowledge were assessed using an adapted version of a protocol designed by Anglin (1993), on eighty-four 4th graders from a midsized, Southeastern city. Confirmatory factor analyses were used to test alternative models of the underlying dimensions of word knowledge. An a priori proposed model, with three dimensions representing morphological knowledge, receptive word knowledge and expressive word knowledge provided an excellent fit to the data. Additional analyses indicated that expressive and receptive vocabulary knowledge were equally related to reading comprehension, and that morphological knowledge was slightly more related to reading comprehension than were expressive and receptive vocabulary knowledge.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0932 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: October 18, 2006.
Keywords: Morphology, Vocabulary, Assessment, CFA
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Richard K. Wagner, Professor Directing Thesis; Christopher Schatschneider, Committee Member; Michael P. Kaschak, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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