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ERIC Number: ED028907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Pages: 5
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A Comparison of Children's Reading Performance Under Directed and Non-Directed Conditions.
Goudey, Charles E.
Children's reading performances under directed and nondirected conditions were compared in the case of 300 fourth-grade suburban students. Subjects were divided into high, middle, and low achievement groups of 100 each, and each group was subdivided into experimental and control groups. The directed conditions experimental group read the questions to be answered before reading the selection, and the nondirected reading control group had the regular format of the reading comprehension test in which the questions followed the paragraph. The Bond, Balow, Hoyt New Developmental Reading Test--Intermediate Level was used. On the Reading for Information subtest the nondirected control group scored significantly better than did the experimental group; however, that difference was only 3 months on a grade equivalent basis. This was true for all achievement groups. On the Reading for Appreciation subtest there were no significant differences between the experimental and control groups on either of the subtests used, but there were significant differences between the achievement groups of both subtests. It is suggested that further research be done on the efficacy of prior questions to direct pupils' reading for comprehension. (CM)
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Note: Paper presented at International Reading Association conference, Boston, Mass., Apr. 24-27, 1968