ERIC Number: ED195960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Space Test Scores as Compared to Cloze Procedure Scores.
Hecker, Nelly M.; Jerrolds, Bob W.
A study was conducted to determine the effect of using a space test (marking word boundaries, a task involving setting aside words from the context of a sentence) as a measure of reading ability. Subjects in the study were 138 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. The students were randomly divided into two groups so that one group completed space tests on passages written at different readability levels, while the other group completed cloze procedures made from the same passages. ANOVA revealed a significant interaction between readability level and grade level for both the space and the cloze data. Consistent with earlier work, readability level of the passage had an effect upon performance on both the space and the cloze tests; the number of correct responses decreased as the readability level increased. All the students seemed to enjoy completing the space test, and the space test took much less time to complete than the cloze test. These results supported the hypothesis that a space test could, with further reliability and validity research, serve as an informal measure of reading in much the same way as the informal reading inventory and the cloze procedure. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Word Boundaries
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (29th, San Antonio, TX, November 29-December 1, 1979). For related document see CS 005 773.