ERIC Number: ED157020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
The Relationship of Reading Interests to Reading Comprehension for Low-Achieving Adolescents.
Belloni, Loretta T.
In a study designed to discover whether interest in reading materials influenced a student's comprehension, 47 seventh grade students, reading one to two grade levels below their grade placement, were assigned a self selected story of high interest and a story of low interest. The 12 short story selections were assembled on the basis of research on adolescent reading interest. Cloze tests were administered immediately following the reading of each story. Two scores were obtained for each student, one on the high interest passage and one on the low interest passage. The analyses of variance confirmed that mean cloze scores on the high interest stories were significantly higher than on the low interest passages for the total group. The experiment indicated that interest is a significant factor affecting comprehension, and the results imply that students can comprehend material written at higher levels than what may normally be presented to them when interest in that material is present. (Author/JF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Thesis, Louisiana State University