Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Special Education (Reading Specialist)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Marie Colette Roy, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Vocabulary; Vocabulary--Study and teaching


With each new concept or activity developed, a way to express that concept or activity is a must with man. Verbal communication is a peculiar distinction of man. It sets him off from all other life forms on earth. This may account for the excitement felt when a child utters his first word. At that point a child has taken a giant step toward socialization. For those words to become verbal communication, meaning must accompany them. Meaning comes from experiences--experiences in which a child is actively involved whether it be intellectually, emotionally, physically or any combination of the three. This paper will deal with students obtaining meaning primarily through physical/intellectual experiences. The following two questions will be answered. 1. Do students retain words after having had experiences with their meanings? 2. Do the kinds of experience(s) a student has with a word's meaning influence the retention of that meaning?


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