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ERIC Number: ED029763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
Pages: 30
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The Efficacy of "Chunking" Reading Materials. Final Report.
Carver, Ronald P.
In a series of three experiments involving 104 individuals, the effect of chunking sentences (the spatial separation of sentences into small groups of meaningfully related words) upon the reading rate and comprehension of mature readers was investigated. Passages and questions from a standardized reading test were displayed via an electro-mechanical device which allowed reading times to be recorded. Five experimental chunked formats were compared with each other and one selected for further study. There was no important or statistically significant difference between the experimental chunked format and the control format either on the reading rate or on comprehension measures. However, another control format (no punctuation or capitalization) did result in significant decrements in reading rate and comprehension. It was concluded that the spatial separation of reading material into meaningfully related groups of words does not improve the reading efficiency of mature readers. Tables, references, and examples of the various formats used in the experiments are included. (Author/CM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
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