ERIC Number: ED123599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Attention Span to Reading Performance in Mexican-American Children.
Sherfey, Richard W.
One characteristic of human learning, which most psychologists and educators appear to deem highly desirable, is that of attending long enough to a stimulus so that learning occurs. It is this principle that gave a major purpose to the study to investigate the relationship between a simple and a complex attention span task and the reading performances of Mexican-American children at the third grade level. Secondary objectives of the study were to explore the relationship between behaviors observed during the attention span tasks and to ascertain if a relationship existed between teachers' judgment of attention span and reading performances. Two conditions, a simple attention span task and a complex attention span task, were administered to one hundred randomly selected subjects. Both tasks involved correct and false detections of a signal word or signal word series among a list of nine signals appearing at regular intervals for ten minutes. Significant differences as measured by the complex attention span task and teachers' judgment of attention span have been obtained between these two variables and reading performances of the Mexican-American children at the third grade level. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, April 1976)