ERIC Number: ED072417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
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The Differential Measurement of Visual Reading Difficulty. Final Report.
This paper reports initial results in the development of an inventory to measure visual reading difficulties. The instrument, called the Word Preference Inventory (WPI), asks the subject to choose between pairs of stimulus pseudo-words the one most like a given target word. An analysis of responses to the WPI from 922 children in grades K-6 and from 102 university students reveals meaningful and homogeneous subsets of items which act as indicators of children who are poor readers. The distribution of such scores indicates that good readers will score high on the subsets whereas subjects who are poor readers may have low scores. A developmental process, which can be ascribed to reading words, interacts with response choice, however, so that the discriminating power of items varies across grade levels. At any grade level, however, one or more subsets of items can be scored which selectively discriminate poor readers who probably have specific visual strategies for word recognition. (Author/DD)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Education Research and Development Center.