ERIC Number: ED352527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring the Comprehension Skills and Strategies of ABE Students. Final Report.
A project explored the reading comprehension skills and strategies of adult basic education (ABE) students. The target population was 55 students from 2 ABE programs in central Pennsylvania. They responded in interviews to a questionnaire that measured their knowledge about reading and reading comprehension strategies, and they participated in read-aloud sessions that allowed an examination of their abilities to use comprehension strategies. The results indicated that many of the students know about the importance of comprehension in reading and know about sound strategies to enhance comprehension. In addition, many could apply sound comprehension strategies successfully in reading situations. Implications for instruction were that although students already know about reading comprehension and strategies, it may help to inform students directly about the variables that influence reading and to discuss strategies with them, as well as to increase students' abilities to detect when they fail to understand. Based on results of the project, two workshops were conducted for ABE teachers and results also were disseminated through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. (Five project appendixes include the following: reading questionnaire; reading passages used; and coding categories for open-ended questions from the reading questionnaire, for read-aloud sessions, and for post-reading interviews.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Basic and Literacy Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for the Study of Adult Literacy.