ERIC Number: ED052915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May-29
Reference Count: 0
Use of the Polygraph to Determine Elementary School Students' Frustration Reading Level. Final Report.
Eckwall, Eldon E.; English, Judy K.
Using a polygraph to determine the reading frustration level of 62 third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students, the researchers examined several factors related to reading frustration on informal reading inventories. Two primary concerns of the study were (1) to determine whether factors of intelligence, age, sex, ethnic background, reading level, or personality type influenced the point at which the reading frustration level is reached and (2) to validate and stabilize the criteria for scoring informal reading inventories. Subjects were students in El Paso, Texas, schools, including one-third Anglo-American, one-third Mexican-American, and one-third Negro-American. Each child was tested on the Spache Diagnostic Reading Scales, an intelligence test, and two psychological tests. Among the findings were (1) that age, sex, and ethnic background did not significantly affect frustration level; (2) that reading level, intelligence, emotional control, cognitive style, and perceptual acuity did affect the frustration level; and (3) that not counting repetitions as errors resulted in a significantly different frustration level than the accepted 10 percent error, 90 percent correct. Recommendations for further research and applications of this study are made. Tables and a glossary are included. (AML)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., El Paso.