ERIC Number: ED030660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Understanding of Allusions Possessed by Ninth-Grade Students.
Roberts, Mary Marjorie Southard
In this investigation, 270 ninth-grade students at Jefferson Junior High School in Columbia, Missouri, were tested to determine how well they comprehended the meanings of allusions in their required reading materials. Test results were compared with other objective data from school records to discern the extent to which the factors of sex, scholastic aptitude, reading achievement, and total grade-point average were related to the understanding of allusions. The following conclusions were made: (1) approximately one-half of the allusions used in these materials could be identified correctly by ninth-grade students, (2) no perceptible difference was apparent between boys and girls in their ability to attach meaning to allusions, and (3) the knowledge that ninth-grade students had about literary allusions was closely related to the level of achievement in reading as well as scholastic aptitude and scholastic achievement. (Author/MP)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Academic Aptitude, Educational Testing, English Instruction, Grade 9, High School Students, Junior High School Students, Literary Criticism, Literary Devices, Literary Discrimination, Literature, Reading Ability, Reading Achievement, Reading Comprehension, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Student Characteristics
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri, Columbia.