ERIC Number: ED049889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Issues Relating to the Assessment of Flexible Efficient Reading.
Nacke, Phil L.
An integral dimension in the concept of flexible efficient reading is the process of skimming, which is defined as the reading behavior in which information is processed without looking at all or most of the words in continuous printed discourse. Measurement of flexible reading efficiency presents problems which revolve around four major issues. The first issue is concerned with the difficulty of measuring the faster rates of reading or those strategies involving the use of visual contextual restraint, i.e. skimming. Measuring comprehension poses the second major difficulty, since careful reading is implied in the usual survey or diagnostic test. The small number of comprehension questions used and the variation of the reader's background of information contribute to the problem. The third issue arises over the controversy as to which should be the independent variable--variations in purpose for reading or variations in difficulty and type of material. The fourth important issue is concerned with the need for valid and reliable flexibility scales whereby the rate and comprehension scores on the activities of the instrument are integrated. A bibliography is included. (Author/DH)
Descriptors: Measurement, Reading Comprehension, Reading Diagnosis, Reading Processes, Reading Rate, Reading Tests, Speed Reading
Twentieth Yearbook of the National Reading Conference, Inc., Marquette University, 1217 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wis. 53233 (In press)
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Note: Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, St. Petersburg, Fla., Dec. 3-5, 1970