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ERIC Number: ED350820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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L'effet de la mise en page d'un livre sur le pairage du texte et de l'illustration par le jeune lecteur (The Effect of Book Layout on the Linking of Text and Illustrations by the Young Reader).
Reinwein, Joachim
A study investigated the degree to which the page layout of a book affects the young reader's association of text with appropriate illustrations. Four hundred native French-speaking third-graders in eight Montreal (Canada) schools participated. In a third-grade text about animals, the names of the animals illustrated in pictures and other words were omitted from eight paragraphs and replaced by blanks. Eight versions of the booklet were made with different layouts of illustrations and text, some regularly and some irregularly pairing text with illustration. Subjects were required to read the texts and fill in the blanks. Responses were compared with the words in the original text and examined for correspondence or confusion with the nearby illustrations. It was found that comprehension was best on the version in which the pictures were on the page facing the text. Comprehension was also good for layouts in which text and illustration were both on right-hand pages. Sequence (i.e., picture following text or picture preceding text) had a much less significant effect on comprehension. Some additional comprehension effects were found to occur according to layout. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: French
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Quebec (Montreal); Textbook Design
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the World Congress of Applied Linguistics sponsored by the International Association for Applied Linguistics (9th, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 15-25, 1990).