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ERIC Number: ED063096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Pages: 17
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Psychometric Research in Reading.
Davis, Frederick B.
This review of psychometric research in reading analyzes the factors which seem related to reading comprehension skills. Experimental analysis of reading comprehension by L. E. Thorndike revealed two major components: knowledge of word meanings and verbal reasoning abilities. Subsequent analysis of experimental studies of reading comprehension confirmed Thorndike's conclusions and added the skills of (1) obtaining literal sense meaning from a passage, (2) following the structure (syntax) of the passage, and (3) recognizing the literary techniques used by an author. Other tests of reading speed and comprehension also confirm these conclusions. Statistical techniques of substrata analysis and regression analysis are criticized for their lack of validity and their misleading conclusions. Thorndike's conclusions are pronounced confirmed and sound, and suggestions are made for applications of these conclusions to techniques and materials for reading instruction. References are cited. (AL)
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Note: Paper presented at meeting of International Reading Association (17th, Detroit, Michigan, May 10-13, 1972)