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ERIC Number: ED123383
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The Use of Cloze Procedure in Adult Literacy Programs.
Rosenkranz, Catherine
The study was designed to determine whether cloze procedure could be used in adult literacy programs for students reading at or above the fourth grade level by investigating the procedure's: acceptability for the students, utility in matching students to reading material, and substitutability for standardized tests. Eighty-five Rhode Island students, 35 in advanced Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes and 50 in high school equivalency classes, completed cloze passages taken from three sources. Deletions were at the 1:5 ratio. Data analysis was done on exact replacements. Cloze procedure was found acceptable as fewer than 25% of the students rated it uninteresting and only 7% of the 122 items were not attempted by at least 75% of the students. It appears to be useful in matching students to instructional materials as more advanced groups of students show higher mean scores than less advanced groups; and means scored on passages of similar difficulty levels were significantly correlated. The data proved insufficient to answer the question on substitutability for standardized tests. The paper develops some suggestions for practical applications of cloze procedure in adult literacy programs. A 12-item bibliography is included. (Author/MS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference (Toronto, Ontario, April, 1976)