ERIC Number: ED298449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
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An Examination of Comprehension Processes Used by Readers as They Engage in Different Forms of Assessment.
Powell, Janet L.
A study described and compared the reading and thinking processes used by subjects while engaged in a multiple choice test, a cloze test, a written retelling, and a nonassessed passage to see whether different strategies were used for different forms of comprehension assessment. Subjects, nine teacher-identified proficient sixth grade readers, completed three multiple choice tests, three cloze tests, three written retellings, and three nonassessed passages and were interviewed for each assessment task. The data consisted of the subjects' hand and eye movements observed while reading and their verbal protocols given as they used concurrent and retrospective introspection. Results indicated that there were at least some superficial differences in the way subjects engaged in each task. A categorization of 21 reading processes which emerged from the verbal reports was devised. Results also indicated that the cloze test was perceived as the most different from the other tasks and that it may lack construct validity. (Thirty-five tables of data and six figures are included; 112 references and an appendix of data are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Indiana University.