Explicit Vocabulary Instruction in Kindergarten: Case Studies of Students With and Without Language Disorders

  • Jacqueline M. Myers
  • Julie W. Ankrum


Research demonstrates that children can make more significant gains through explicit instruction of vocabulary than implicit instruction (Blachowicz and Fisher in Teaching vocabulary in all classrooms, Allyn & Bacon, Boston, MA, 2010; Dalton and Grisham in Read Teach 64(5):306–317, 2011). Effective explicit instruction often includes high quality conversations with teachers and peers (Towson et al. in J Early Interv 38(4):230–246, 2016; Wasik in Read Teach 63(8):621–633, 2010). Data for this study were collected from a larger study designed to explore students’ use of vocabulary words following explicit instruction with the words during an interactive read-aloud. A deeper microanalysis of student discussion, scaffolded by adults, was conducted. The transcribed student discussions, recorded during peer talk, were analyzed using NVivo 10 (QSR International in NVivo (version 10). NVivo qualitative data analysis software, QSR International, Doncaster, VIC, 2012) software. These case studies describe the vocabulary development of two children with diagnosed speech and language disorders and one child without a speech and language impairment.


Literacy Vocabulary Oral language development Early childhood education Interactive read-alouds 


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Corrected publication April/2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Pittsburgh-JohnstownJohnstownUSA
  2. 2.Indiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA

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