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ERIC Number: ED045323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug-8
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
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A Report of Research on Comprehension in Reading.
Anderson, Jonathan
The use of exact-length blanks in cloze tests of reading comprehension was investigated. Subjects were indigenous primary-school pupils in New Guinea for whom English was a foreign language. No significant difference was found between the mean scores of subjects on cloze tests using blanks of a uniform length and the mean scores of subjects on cloze tests using blanks of the same length as the deleted words. Both versions of cloze tests were equally valid as measures of general reading comprehension. The question of length of blank to use in cloze tests has practical as well as theoretical significance for teachers in constructing cloze tests when they wish to use photocopying facilities. The implication of these findings is that by the use of a photocopy procedure, such factors as size of print, illustrative material, and page layout may be included in the estimate of the ease or difficulty of printed material as measured by cloze tests. Tables and references are included. (Author/DH)
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Identifiers: New Guinea
Note: Paper presented at the Third International Reading Association World Congress on Reading, Sydney, Australia, Aug. 7-9, 1970