ERIC Number: ED124878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating Answers to Comprehension Questions.
Smith, Charlotte T.
This paper presents a means of evaluating answers to comprehension questions by analyzing the oral language used in the answers to the questions according to the average number of words per communication unit, a measure of linguistic and cognitive growth, in order to determine the effectiveness of comprehension questions asked at two cognitive levels to stimulate the higher cognitive processes. In two research studies students were asked questions at two levels of comprehension. Their responses were tape recorded, analyzed, and compared. It was found that comprehension questions asked at the higher cognitive level elicited answers that were significantly longer than the answers to the questions asked at the lower comprehension level. The study determined that the effectiveness of comprehension questions to stimulate higher cognitive processes can be evaluated by analyzing the language children use in answering the questions according to the number of words of the communication unit. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (21st, Anaheim, California, May 1976)