Andrew Biemiller

  • Emeritus Professor, Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto
  • Barrie, Ontario, Canada   

705 730 7566

Andrew Biemiller is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A.) and Cornell University (M.Sc., Ph.D.). He taught at the Inst. of Child Study, University of Toronto for 36 years, retiring June, 2004. He was responsible for the teacher education program at the Inst. of Child Study for 15 years. His recent research has concerned what word meanings are acquired, the order of meanings acquired, and effective methods of teaching word meanings. His main current research concerns identifying word meanings that are particularly useful for instruction at the primary and upper-elementary levels. He published Words Worth Teaching (SRA/McGraw-Hill) in 2009, which summarizes this work. He has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology. He is active as an educational consultant to the U.S. Inst. of Education Science (Dept. of Education), U.S. National Institute of Child and Human Development, publishers (especially SRA/McGraw-Hill), state departments of education, and researchers.

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Supporting your child’s vocabulary development at an early age
By 60 months of age, average children have acquired more than 3,000 root word meanings. However, substantial differences have already developed, with some children knowing at least 1,000 fewer meaning...

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