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ERIC Number: ED191009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Interaction Between Sex Referents in Test Items and Reading Performance on Individualized Reading Tests.
Rowell, E. H.; Hennen, Florence G.
Individualized reading test materials were developed containing gender-neutral, male-only, or female-only referents in a study to determine whether undue reference to one sex had a differential effect on the test scores of male or female students. One hundred twenty randomly selected third grade students were first tested on the gender-neutral test. One week later, one half of the students were given tests containing only female referents, and the other half were given tests containing only male referents. A significant difference was found between neuter-and gender-specific test scores, with both males and females making higher scores on the male-only referent test than on the neuter referent test. The lack of a significant interaction between test content and test performance by sex suggests that male and female content does not differentially affect male or female test performance. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Coll., Providence.