ERIC Number: ED188111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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Using a Reading Test to Inquire About Reading Instruction.
Fitzgerald, Thomas P.; Fleming, James T.
Reading tests can be a source of inquiry into the processes of reading, learning to read, and curricular implications. During a staff development program, teachers reviewed and analyzed various reading tests. They discovered that reading tests seem to be unequal in their concern for what is being measured; that very few tests offer explicit or operational definitions of reading comprehension; that most tests do not easily lead to the recognition of the relationship between the degrees of difficulty of a test; and that few tests take into account issues surrounding the text-dependent nature of test items as opposed to the interactive nature of reading. Guided examination of even a few of the major characteristics of one test was seen as an opportunity for teachers to consider alternative conceptualizations of the reading act, and it provided an opportunity for the teachers to increase their knowledge of the structure of what they are teaching, and why, all of which might have a considerable impact on reading instruction. The teachers concluded that the introduction of a comprehension measure with a meaning base would influence classroom curriculum, and that a more language-centered, active processing mode of instruction was desirable. (HOD)
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