ERIC Number: ED066726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of the Reading Comprehension Process: The Development and Utilization of an Assessment Technique and the Preliminary Exploration of Individual Differences in Perceiving Syntactic Complexities. Final Report.
Dansereau, Donald F.
The purposes of this research were to develop a new methodology for measuring comprehension and analyze individual differences in perceiving sentence difficulty. Written descriptions of commonly occurring visual scenes served as the stimuli in the new methodology. The reader's success in drawing a scene after viewing a written description of it served as a measure of his comprehension. Material was presented sequentially in a visual spatial mode or as a verbal description. The locations of scene objects were presented either in a random or systematic order, spatially proximal stimuli being presented contiguously in the systematic ordering. The results indicated that spatial presentation is better than verbal, and that systematic is substantially better than random. In addition, moderate but consistent relationships between task performance and reading ability were found. Two studies were conducted to explore individual differences in perceiving sentence complexity. Multidimensional scaling and other more traditional analyses showed a marked difference between good and poor readers in their perception of a variety of sentence characteristics. (Author/WR)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Christian Univ., Fort Worth.