ERIC Number: ED236546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-15
Reference Count: 0
Retrieval Speed as a Determinant of Adult Reading Comprehension.
Haupt, Edward J.; Jacobowitz, Tina
More than 100 college students enrolled in a reading and study skills course participated in a study designed to show the effects of retrieval speed on adult reading comprehension. A microcomputer version of the Posner task was used to measure memory retrieval speed, and reading and listening comprehension were measured from McCall-Crabbs paragraphs. Stepwise multiple regression analysis demonstrated that a composite of the reaction time to Perceptually Identical and Name Identical displays accounted for approximately 25% of the residual variance after listening comprehension was used to predict reading comprehension. Automaticity, decoding speed, and general speed measures did not seem to provide alternative explanations of this phenomenon, so retrieval speed was supported as a factor in adult reading comprehension. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).