ERIC Number: ED074462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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The Development of a Criterion-Related Reading Comprehension Test for Exposition and Argument.
Ware, Ralph H.
The purpose of this study was to provide increased understanding of the process and testing of the comprehension of certain kinds of expository and argumentative prose. A criterion-related reading test was constructed using as a criterion the Finder-Cochrane Task Analysis for Comprehending Exposition and Argument. A panel of three experts ruled on the suitability and the validity of the test passages and items. After an interview try-out with typical members of the population, the test was revised and then administered to 36 ninth-grade inner city students. Profiles were drawn for each student. These presented a student's performance and his strong and weak areas as revealed by the test. Comparisons were made between the investigator's test and two reading ability tests. Spearman Rank-Order Correlation Coefficients of .79 and .84 resulted. Some of the conclusions and implications were: (1) the skills identified in the task analysis are testable and teachable behaviors; (2) the process of comprehension explained by the task analysis may be coherently and systematically tested; and (3) after a learner's needs are identified, proper instruction in comprehension may be carried forward. (Author/WR)
Descriptors: Criterion Referenced Tests, Expository Writing, Grade 9, Persuasive Discourse, Reading, Reading Comprehension, Reading Research, Reading Tests
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, State University of New York at Albany