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ERIC Number: ED172149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Literacy and All That.
Dilena, Mike
A previously published discussion of the ACER "Australian Studies in School Performance" suggests that the performance of students constitutes a concern; however, it is possible to be encouraged by evidence from the study that 97% of 10 year olds and 99% of 14 year olds have mastered the abilities to understand simple written sentences. The assertion that comprehension of longer pieces of writing is much poorer deserves attention. Analysis of the newspaper comprehension test, for instance, indicates that it may be less a test of reading comprehension than a test of experience in reading newspapers, including deciphering the peculiarly elliptical language of headlines and knowing how to locate information in newspapers. An examination of results of the paragraph-reading portion of the test indicates that perhaps what appears to be a failure to understand may be instead a failure to carry out a number of mental operations over and above making some sort of sense of a passage. Analysis of the ACER survey indicates little evidence that there is a need to change the approach to and the emphasis on the teaching of the skills of literacy, although the survey does provide some interesting questions and data that lead to valuable insights about how children handle specific reading tasks. (TJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia
Note: Study prepared at Adelaide College Advanced Education; Newspaper article will not reproduce