ERIC Number: ED223660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Convergent and Discriminant Validity of Literal and Inferential Comprehension Tests.
Dole, Janice Arnold
The convergent and discriminant validities of tests designed to measure the subskills of literal and inferential reading comprehension in different content areas were assessed. A multitrait-multimethod matrix was generated, using three measuring methods: (1) a standardized reading test; (2) individually devised tests; and (3) teacher ratings. Subjects were 136 sixth-grade students. Results indicated moderate convergent validity and no discriminant validity for the subskills. Evidence from this study suggests that reading tests do not measure discrete skills in reading as well as many educators would believe, and that the reading process remains relatively stable across material in different content areas. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Inference Comprehension
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981); Table 1 is marginally legible due to small print.