ERIC Number: ED278978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Children's Comprehension of, Reactions to, and Preferences for Basal Reader Stories of Varying Comprehensibility. Technical Report No. 378.
Meyer, Linda A.; And Others
A study examined children's comprehension of and preferences for basal reader stories with differing levels of coherence. The subjects were 58 second grade students who each read orally three stories judged to differ substantially on the number of incoherences in the text. Incoherences were defined as confusing referents, unclear relationships between events, and words or phrases likely to be beyond the children's background knowledge. Analyses of measures of reading accuracy, text-based comprehension, summaries, and explanations showed that the children consistently performed more successfully on the story with the fewest incoherences. They also chose that story as the one they preferred to read, although more than half changed their minds on the two occasions when they were asked their preferences. (Extensive tables of data are appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.