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ERIC Number: ED246398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Text Structure on Children's Comprehension of Expository Material. Technical Report No. 316.
Moes, Mary A.; And Others
A study investigated the relationship between text organization and children's reading comprehension of expository material. Upgraded and downgraded versions of both macrostructures and microstructures were combined to produce four texts on the topic of insect-eating plants. Forty-three seventh grade students were randomly assigned to one of the four text conditions. The results from reading comprehension, prior knowledge, and vocabulary tests were used as pretest measures, while various posttest measures were designed to be sensitive to particular text structure manipulations. An analysis of covariance using a hierarchial regression technique suggested that students benefitted from reading text that was written to highlight comparisons among concepts presented in the passage. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Text Structure
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (33rd, Austin, TX, November 29-December 3, 1983).