Sixty-nine community college students completed a study which assessed their vocabulary comprehension based on their ability to define randomly selected Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) words and construct their own sentences that illustrated the meaning of the word. This research assessed students’ vocabulary comprehension through their ability to construct context. The information provided from this study demonstrates the variability of students’ vocabulary comprehension. The results of this repeated measures design, demonstrated that students mean scores were very low (5.67, 4.54, 5.54, and 5.91 out of a possible score of 50) for vocabulary definition and comprehension. This indicates that this was a challenging cognitive task for the community college students in this study. Overall, the results of this study indicate the need to identify how students comprehend words and improve vocabulary comprehension for students’ academic success.
Salis, Andrea S., "Assessing Diverse Community College Students' Vocabulary Comprehension Through Context Construction" (2012). NERA Conference Proceedings 2012. 16.