ERIC Number: ED266439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Mar-1
Reference Count: N/A
Inexpert Calibration of Comprehension. Program Report 86-3.
Glenberg, Arthur M.; Epstein, William
A total of 70 college students who had a wide range of coursework in physics or music theory read expositions in both domains in a study to determine the relationship between readers' self-assessments of confidence in comprehension (strength of belief) and performance on a test of comprehension. After reading each text, students provided a judgment of confidence in ability to verify inferences based on the central principle of the text. The primary dependent variable was calibration of comprehension. Findings showed that expertise in a domain was inversely related to calibration and subjects were well-calibrated across domains. The results suggested that confidence judgments were based on self-classification as expert or nonexpert in the domain of the text, rather than an assessment of the degree to which the text was comprehended. (Author/HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.