ERIC Number: ED162284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Time as a Factor in Reading Comprehension.
Thomas, James L.
A number of areas concerning the use of pictorial illustrations in the comprehension of instructional materials still need empirical investigation. One such area, the influence of time on the reading comprehension of science materials, was explored in a study involving 108 fourth graders. Selections covering topics with which the students were least familiar were chosen from four fourth grade textbooks. The selections were reproduced on slides in one of three ways: text with color photographs, text with pictures which had been reduced to line drawings, and text without pictures. The subjects were divided into high, medium, and low achievement levels and each read selections on two different topics while being timed. After each reading, each subject was administered a reading comprehension test. Analysis of the results indicated that varying the pictorial illustrations did not affect the time required by students at the three achievement levels to comprehend the materials. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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