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ERIC Number: ED167955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Children's Apprehension of Pictorial and Textual Events.
Marr, Mary Beth
Thirty-six fourth grade pupils were grouped according to reading ability in a study conducted to examine comprehension within the framework of event perception. The children were presented a sequential activity described in picture or text form and then were asked to indicate on scoring sheets which of eight test items logically fit with the event sequences presented. Four of the test items were from the original event sequence, two were "new" but a part of the original sequence, and two were "new" but inconsistent with the event sequences. After testing, informal interviews were conducted with the students to determine their rationale for decision making. Analysis of the results indicated that good readers were more accurate in identifying old test items as logically belonging with the event sequences than were poor readers, but that no ability effect was present for responses to new items. In addition, students appeared to be less accurate in identifying inconsistent pictures than inconsistent sentences. A follow-up investigation with good readers indicated that pictures seemed more subject to ambiguous interpretation than text, but more so when they appeared as recognition test stimuli than as presentation stimuli. (TJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (28th, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, November 30-December 2, 1978) ; Best copy available