ERIC Number: ED261348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
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The Relationship of Expository Prose Structure to High School Students' Reading.
Nolen, Patricia A.; Mathews, Paula B.
The reading recall protocols of 24 tenth grade and 24 twelfth grade students were used in a study that investigated the relationship of average reading ability and high school grade placement to recall of expository text with adversative and attributive structures. Two test passages were written in an adversative structure with contrasting viewpoints. The remaining two passages were organized in an attributive structure, listing characteristics of events and ideas. Students were asked to read silently one of each passage type and retell what they remembered immediately and after a one-week delay. Students were also asked to identify the organizational structure of each passage, with all responses scored by discourse analysis procedures. Results showed that general processing strategies did not differ across the two grade levels, passage types, or conditions of recall. The findings suggested that the readers approached a familiar reading task with simple expectations to remember information, and with little conscious awareness that everyday relational frameworks used in understanding could be applied. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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