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ERIC Number: ED165100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating Comprehension.
Smith, Charlotte T.
One method of evaluating comprehension and language growth consists of analyzing the oral or written answers to questions about stories read to or by students and about visual representations. The method is applicable to various content areas at all levels of instruction. The T-unit or communication unit, the linguistic unit that cannot be further divided without loss of its meaning, is the basic measure for this method. In analyzing language samples, the T-units are identified and the average number of words per unit is figured. In evaluating comprehension, the basic measurement would be the correctness or appropriateness of the response for the situation. The measure beyond that would be the length of the response as measured by the length of the T-unit. It can be demonstrated that the number of words used by students in answering questions is directly related to the types of questions teachers ask. Questions considered to be of lower comprehension level elicit far fewer words than questions asked at a higher comprehension level. (Sample analyses are included.) (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Reading Association (11th, Anaheim, California, November 2-5, 1977)