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ERIC Number: ED116743
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Pages: 15
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The Cloze Procedure: A Measure for Determining Readability Level for Vocational Junior College Students.
Caffey, Musa B.
One hundred students enrolled in the welding and air-conditioning/refrigeration classes at Delgado Community College (Louisiana) were randomly selected to participate in a study to evaluate their effective reading comprehension level, to investigate the impact of a study skill "preview" method such as the SQ3R on their test-taking abilities, and to test the readability level of their textbooks. Fifty students (25 in each subject area) were tested by the regular cloze method of testing readability. The cloze test consists of selecting a passage of prose material of approximately 275 words from the students' textbook and deleting every fifth word. Students are instructed to fill in the blanks with words appropriate to the context. The remaining 50 students were given the cloze test after exposure to a SQ3R "preview" of the material. Since there was little difference between the raw scores of the control and experimental groups in either subject area, it was determined that the SQ3R "preview" was of no value in augmenting test-taking skills. Since students were able to fill in correctly fewer than 38 percent of the blanks, it was determined that the welding and air-conditioning/refrigeration textbooks in current use were probably beyond the readability level of the students. (DC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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