ERIC Number: ED285134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
The Cloze Procedure as Predictor of Undergraduate Achievement in Introductory Courses.
Stephens, Elaine C.; And Others
Forum for Reading, v18 n1 p32-36 Fall-Win 1986
In an attempt to improve general instruction at the college level, a study investigated the adaptability of the cloze procedure for use in undergraduate courses, specifically examining the relationship between cloze performance tests and student achievement. In the first portion of the study, six cloze procedure tests based on selections from five political science texts were administered to an introductory political science class in a midwestern state college. Results indicated a moderately strong association between the results on the cloze tests and the students' final grades. In order to verify the findings, the procedure was applied to students in introductory classes in three other disciplines: sociology, psychology, and biology. Results again indicated a positive correlation between cloze test results and final course grades. Findings suggest that the cloze procedure could serve as a useful predictor of class performance in many undergraduate introductory classes, with the potential for improving undergraduate instruction if used to select better textbooks and as an aid in making basic instructional decisions. (Tables of data and references are included.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: "Forum for Reading" is the journal of the College Reading Improvement Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association.