Investigating the effectiveness of the uses of electronic and paper-based dictionaries in promoting incidental word learning

Di ZOU, Haoran XIE, Fu Lee WANG, Tak Lam WONG, Qingyuan WU

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Abstract

Although there are a numerous of studies in the facilitative effects of dictionary consultation in promoting word learning, no research has ever been conducted to investigate the effectiveness of a hybrid use of paper-based and electronic dictionaries. The present research, therefore, responds to this call and compares the effectiveness of the pure use of either paper-based or electronic dictionary and the hybrid use of both. The empirical results demonstrate the superiority of the paper-based dictionary over the electronic dictionary, the usefulness of repetition and the greater effectiveness of the hybrid use of both paper-based and electronic dictionary than the pure use of either. We further conclude that the significance of processing for constructing memory, repetition for consolidating memory and diversity for reinforcing memory should be emphasized. Copyright © 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHybrid learning: Innovation in educational practices: 8th international conference, ICHL 2015, Wuhan, China, July 27-29, 2015, proceedings
EditorsSimon K.S. CHEUNG, Lam-for KWOK, Harrison YANG, Joseph FONG, Reggie KWAN
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer
Pages59-69
ISBN (Electronic)9783319206219
ISBN (Print)9783319206202
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Zou, D., Xie, H., Wang, F. L., Wong, T.-L., & Wu, Q. (2015). Investigating the effectiveness of the uses of electronic and paper-based dictionaries in promoting incidental word learning. In S. K.S. Cheung, L.-f. Kwok, H. Yang, J. Fong, & R. Kwan (Eds.), Hybrid learning: Innovation in educational practices: 8th international conference, ICHL 2015, Wuhan, China, July 27-29, 2015, proceedings (pp. 59-69). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Keywords

  • Incidental word learning
  • Repetition
  • Hybrid usage
  • Paper-based and electronic dictionaries

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