ERIC Number: ED038244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
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A New Eye Movement Measure of Reading Efficiency.
Geyer, John J.
The role and importance of time was stressed as a key factor in an alternative theoretical viewpoint to the classic reading theory, which suggests that speed and comprehension are the two important dimensions of reading. Noting newer language processing models which detail the multiple interacting systems operating across time during the processing of information and which acknowledge time as the important variable, it was contended that the temporal measure needed is one which would reflect overall processing variables. Included in these are the ability to recognize words, to group them into meaningful units by the effective use of storage, and to keep all systems in balanced equilibrium during ongoing processing. The measure suggested was called the "coefficient of constancy" (C) of the temporal eye-voice span. For each fixation in a passage it measures the amount of time elapsing between the beginning of the fixation and the end of the voicing of the fixated word. The mean of such spans is divided by their standard deviation to acquire C, which was proposed as a means of reexamining basic ideas concerning the nature of the reading process and as a possible measure which would reflect this process. References, including several to tests of the proposed measure's validity, are given. (BT)
Descriptors: Eye Fixations, Eye Movements, Eye Voice Span, Measurement, Models, Reading Comprehension, Reading Processes, Reading Rate, Theories, Time
Nineteenth Yearbook of the National Reading Conference
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Note: Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 4-6, 1969