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ERIC Number: ED050890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Pages: 17
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Measuring Reading Comprehension: an Historical Perspective.
Farr, Roger
This review of the history of the measurement of reading comprehension follows the development of formal and informal reading comprehension tests dating from 1913 to the present. Upon reviewing the aspects, procedures, and criteria of these tests, the author noted that most of these tests resembled group verbal intelligence tests. Makeup of the tests was discussed to show how they were related to purposes for reading. It was felt that most tests had attempted to measure reading comprehension as a mere thought-getting process unrelated to reading purposes and that these tests limit the purposes for reading to the examinee's ability to achieve the test developer's purpose. A number of problems with regard to these tests were raised. It was concluded that instead of a continuous process of development, improvement, and increased knowledge in that area over the past 50 years, there had been merely a continuous rediscovery of old ideas and a continuous search for the elusive, definitive theory of reading comprehension which can serve as a basis for all measures of reading comprehension. Standardized reading tests which seem to measure reading comprehension are included in a table. Diagrams of various theories of reading comprehension and references are also included. (AW)
Twentieth Yearbook of the National Reading Conference, Inc., Marquette University, Center for Reading Services, Milwaukee, Wis. 53233 (In press)
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Note: Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, St. Petersburg, Fla., Dec. 3-5, 1970