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ERIC Number: ED313689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
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The Effects of Cued Phrase Boundaries on Reading Performance: A Review.
Rasinski, Timothy V.
As in processing oral speech, proficient reading involves "chunking" written texts into meaningful phrase units. Unlike oral speech, however, cues for segmenting the written text at the proper points are not clearly marked in the text. One method for helping readers identify and use phrase boundaries is to mark such boundaries in the text. A study reviewed research conducted over the past four decades that has attempted to facilitate subjects' reading by providing marked cues to phrase boundaries. Although as a whole the research is not conclusive as to the efficacy of phrase-cued texts in aiding comprehension, it shows promise for helping improve the reading performance of at least certain types of readers, particularly for younger, poorer, and hearing-impaired readers. Phrase-cued texts seem to be facilitative for readers who have yet to achieve maturity in syntactic sensitivity. However, a level of competency in word recognition may be necessary before phrased texts can be effective. Issues to be explored in future research include topics such as points of transfer to and maintenance of facilitation on conventional texts. (One table of data is included and 73 references are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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