ERIC Number: ED084503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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Reading Comprehension Education in Fifteen Countries: An Empirical Study. International Studies in Evaluation, III.
Thorndike, Robert L.
This study on reading comprehension was part of a total program in which testing was also conducted in science, literature, civic education, and English and French as foreign languages at three levels--ten year olds, fourteen year olds, and those in the final year of secondary education--in fifteen countries. Two chapters describe the instruments that were developed for the project, the selection of samples to be tested, and the conduct of the testing. The remaining eight chapters discuss the results of the survey. The main findings include: (1) the reading level in the developing countries is far below that in the developed countries; (2) in the developed countries, both the reading achievement of the individual students and the average reading achievement in a school can be predicted from home and family background information; and (3) very little evidence of the impact of the school or specific school factors on the progress of students in reading is found either within a country or among countries. To summarize, good home and environmental backgrounds provide strong differentiation between countries and, within countries, between students. (TO)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education, Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Secondary Education
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, Stockholm (Sweden).