ERIC Number: ED241916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Assessing English Skills: Reading. A Resource Book for Adult Basic Education.
Harrison, David; Little, Barbara
Covering the most important aspects of assessing adult basic readers, this collection of articles is introduced by a discussion of the purpose of resource books for adult education. The first article then examines the rationale for assessing reading ability and stresses the importance of purpose and design in assessment. The second article reviews problems in defining reading and establishing what aspects of reading may be measured while the third provides a rationale and a number of practical examples for assessing attitudes and interests. Similarly, the fourth article presents the background and sample resources for assessing content area reading and study skills. The fifth article focuses on comprehension, dealing separately with standardized tests, informal approaches, and the cloze procedure, and the sixth article provides two measures for rapidly estimating test material readabliity and offers suggestions for making qualitative comparisons of books' readability. The collection contains numerous examples of various reading assessment measures, and concludes with a brief glossary of terms. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Content Area Reading, Readability, Reading Ability, Reading Comprehension, Reading Diagnosis, Reading Interests, Reading Skills, Reading Tests, Resource Materials, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Standardized Tests, Student Attitudes, Study Skills, Test Construction, Test Reviews
Publication Services Branch, Ministry of Education, 878 Viewfield Rd., Victoria, British Columbia V9A 4V1 ($2.00 plus 10% shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria. Div. of Continuing Education.