ERIC Number: ED024194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Comprehension of Full Length and Telegraphic Materials Among Blind Children. Final Report. Educational Research Series, Number 42.
Martin, Clessen J.; Alonso, Lou
To test the assumption that conventional textbook prose contains words and word sequences unnecessary for comprehension, 210 blind children, all braille readers in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9, were divided into three groups and tested on a fictional story written in one of three different forms. Those forms included a traditional style (1620 words), a medium telegraphic style omitting narrative material (43% shorter), and a highly telegraphic style (72% shorter). Results indicated that subjects reading the two shorter versions required significantly less time (p<.01). However, the reading rate in words per minute was significantly higher for the subjects reading the traditional version (p<.01). Analysis of comprehension data revealed few significant differences among the three groups on either immediate recall or long term retention. In general, results appeared to support the feasibility of telegraphic learning materials as a method of increasing the rate of information input among blind children. (Author/JD)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Education.