ERIC Number: ED070052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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Measuring Reading Comprehension.
Kretschmer, Joseph Clement, Jr.
The purpose of this study was to construct and test a new instrument to test reading comprehension based upon Jean Piaget's theory of child development. The instrument was aimed at the elementary school age group, and thus was based specifically upon the eight "concrete" operations outlined by Piaget as characteristic of child thought in the seven-to-eleven age group. A thirty-two item multiple-choice test over four short paragraphs was constructed. They presented classificatory-additive, classificatory-multiplicative, serial-additive, serial-multiplicative operations. Sixty third-graders in a predominately upper-middle-class area elementary school and sixty sixth-graders who had previously attended the same school (now in a middle school) were chosen as subjects. The test was administered to both grade levels in one sitting. The experimental test produced reliabilities of .736 and .837 for the third- and sixth-graders respectively. Standardized test performance (IQ, reading vocabulary, and comprehension) correlated highly with one another, but to a limited degree with the experimental test variable. (Author/WR)
Descriptors: Child Development, Elementary Education, Grade 3, Grade 6, Reading, Reading Comprehension, Reading Research, Testing, Vocabulary
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