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ERIC Number: ED022633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr-26
Pages: 10
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Some Relationships between Reading Interest and Reading Comprehension.
Shnayer, Sidney W.
The relationships between reading interest and reading comprehension were studied through the performances of 578 sixth-grade students divided into seven ability groups. Each group was required to read material with readability scores two grades higher than the group's mean reading ability. They rated the selections according to degrees of interest and answered questions designed to measure comprehension. It was concluded that high interest produced greater comprehension which often enabled a child to read beyond his measured reading ability. High ability students were less affected by reading interest than low ability students. Low content interest allowed more accurate discrimination between good and poor readers than high content interest. A reassessment of current methods of evaluating reading ability might be necessary in order to determine if subject responses reflect low ability or low interest. Implications for educational practice in the areas of testing and teaching are discussed. Possible curriculum changes are suggested. References are listed. (BS)
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Note: Paper presented at International Reading Association Conference, Boston, Mass., April 24-27, 1968.