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ERIC Number: ED037712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 115
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Teachers' Ratings of Urban Children's Reading Performance.
Fleming, James T.
This study is partly based on Bloomfield's early commentary on primary, secondary and tertiary responses to language. The author maintains that despite prodigious evidence to the contrary, "there are still too many teachers who either do not listen or cannot listen to and accommodate in their schemes even objective straightforward information about language." The investigator recorded four 4th grade boys reading a 40-word passage with a difficulty range on a third grade level. The boys represented four different levels of reading ability, two different levels of socioeconomic background, and two different ethnic groups. After the tapes were made, 36 teachers in a first level graduate reading course were asked to rate the reading performance of "some 4th grade boys." Scrambled and inaccurate information about the socioeconomic or ethnic background of the boys was given to the subjects, to check the influence of labeling. Results indicated that the labeling had little or no effect, because the ratings of the 36 subjects were highly consistent and reasonably accurate about the reading ability of the boys. Full details of the study and sample rating sheets are included. (FB)
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Note: Paper presented to the American Educational Research Association, Minneapolis, Minn., March 4, 1970