ERIC Number: ED222869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Comprehension of Stories Using Predictive Strategies.
Freeman, Ruth H.
A study was conducted to determine if interest in a basal reader story could be heightened and reading comprehension improved by (1) having the children predict the story content from the title prior to reading the story and (2) having them predict the outcome of the story at a salient midpoint. Subjects, 45 children in 2 fifth grade classes, were asked to read 2 stories from a fourth grade book of a basal reader series. A repeated measures design considered three factors: prediction, interest, and comprehension. Analysis of the data indicated a direct relationship between prediction and comprehension, but failed to substantiate the hypothesis that prediction would stimulate interest and that interest would promote comprehension; there was no relationship between interest and comprehension. These results provide support for the practice of having students predict content prior to reading and story outcome at a salient midpoint. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (27th, Chicago, IL, April 26-30, 1982).