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ERIC Number: ED297591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Measuring the Instructional Sensitivity of ESL Reading Comprehension Items.
Brutten, Sheila R.; And Others
A study attempted to estimate the instructional sensitivity of items in three reading comprehension tests in English as a second language (ESL). Instructional sensitivity is a test-item construct defined as the tendency for a test item to vary in difficulty as a function of instruction. Similar tasks were given to readers at different proficiency levels and behavioral correlates were sought reflecting differences in time on task, as measured by the differences in content covered or "opportunity to learn." The assumption is that if behavioral differences can be attributed to differences in time on task, then those differences will be likely candidates for subsequent true-experimental design research in which they are systematically manipulated to ascertain whether instruction has been effective. The results were inconclusive and ran counter to expectations, suggesting the need for further research with a different variable and different instructional sensitivity indices. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A