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ERIC Number: ED028901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-30
Pages: 15
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The Effectiveness of Current Procedures for Teaching Reading Comprehension.
Bormuth, John R.
Procedures and findings of three reading comprehension studies are reported. The first study compared cloze readability test scores for 130 pairs of students (grade 3 through college) with scores indicating the information gained from reading. Students gained little or no information when they could not answer more than 25 percent of the cloze test items, but when they could answer as many as 35 percent, they were able to gain approximately as much information as students with greater reading ability. The second study determined the reading achievement grade placement scores of students who could answer 35 percent of the items on cloze readability tests made from subject matter area materials used at various school levels. The mean grade level at which students could read 35 percent of the items was 7.6 for primary-grade materials, 8.6 for intermediate, 9.4 for junior high school, and 10.4 for high school. The third study tested 240 students' understanding of simple factual information signaled by structures commonly found in written language. Almost one-fourth of the children were unable to comprehend one-half of the easiest sets of structures tested, and only 58 percent could use between-sentence syntax to comprehend. Tables and references are included. (CM)
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Note: 15p., Paper presented at National Council of Teachers of English meeting, Milwaukee, Wisc., Nov. 30, 1968