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ERIC Number: ED165111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Investigating the Effectiveness of MRM Instruction on Improving Comprehension of Paragraphs.
Dwyer, Edward J.
A study of the effects of using the MRM (message unit--verb unit--message unit) instructional system on reading comprehension was studied using 69 college freshmen, 37 in an experimental group and 32 in a control group. Both groups were engaged in a variety of activities designed to promote greater reading efficiency as a regular part of their course work. In addition to the regular reading program, the experimental group worked during part of the class time with the MRM system. The procedures required the experimental group to read a selection of approximately 150 words from a text and peruse the selection for three words or short phrases (message units) they determined to be important to the essential message contained in the selection. The units were then used as the major part of a sentence containing a main idea in the selection, and the contents of the main idea sentence became the basis for determining the MRM unit that appeared to be the central idea relative to the message as a whole. Comprehension gains were determined through pre- and posttest administration. No substantial differences were found favoring the experimental subjects. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (28th, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, November 30-December 2, 1978)