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Children's Sight Words: Printed Materials or Oral Production

Robert Chester and Wayne Otto
The Journal of Educational Research
Vol. 67, No. 6 (Feb., 1974), pp. 247-252
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27536589
Page Count: 6
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Children's Sight Words: Printed Materials or Oral Production
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Abstract

The observation has been made that sight word lists based on written sources may not reflect usage of words in speech sufficiently well to produce high correlations between word frequency and word knowledge. The purpose of this study was to determine the overlap between two word lists, one derived from written sources (The Great Atlantic and Pacific Sight Word List) and one constructed from oral language (Newman-Bailey List). The comparison shows a high degree of overlap and suggests that differences between children's spoken words and the words in school texts may be more fancied than factual.

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