ERIC Number: ED074472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Reference Count: 0
New Techniques for Measuring and Improving Reading Comprehension. Technical Report No. 1.
Carver, Ronald P.
A standardized method has been developed which will convert prose training materials into a form which forces the trainees to read the material with at least a minimal level of comprehension. The materials, called programed prose materials, are developed in an objective manner amenable to computer production. Phase I of the project involved an extensive investigation of a new technique, the reading-storage test, for measuring the learning that occurs during reading. The results suggested that the completely objective reading-storage test provides a better measure of the primary effects of reading than its two closest rivals--the cloze test and the paraphrase test. In the Phase II experiment, programed prose was compared to regular prose under low and high motivation conditions. The programed prose facilitated learning under the low motivation condition and inhibited learning under the high motivation condition. Phases III and IV, to be conducted within the next year, will assess the effectiveness of programed prose of varying levels of material difficulty and will investigate the effectiveness of the method in a situation where it would be expected to be maximal. (Author/TO)
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Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Silver Spring, MD.