ERIC Number: ED352638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-3
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Comprehension Strategies of Literary Engagement: A Study of Adolescent Readers.
Kletzien, Sharon B.; Taylor, Sharon J.
A study determined what comprehension strategies either contributed to literary engagement or inhibited engagement among adolescents. Subjects, 25 eleventh-grade students chosen at random from two heterogeneous English classes in a suburban school, read two short stories and reported their thinking and understanding as they were reading. Transcripts of the think-aloud protocols were analyzed. Results indicated that: (1) 7 of the readers were engaged on both stories, 7 were not engaged on either, and the remaining 11 were engaged with one story but not the other; (2) difficulty of the story had a strong effect on engagement; (3) subjects' self-ratings of their usual story engagement, their measured engagement, and their teachers' ratings did not correspond very well; (4) both engaged and nonengaged readers tended to use the same strategies; and (5) there was a wide variability of strategy use among readers. Findings suggest that teachers need to provide strategy instruction for all students with the suggestion that students need to experiment and discover which strategies work best for them. (A figure of reading survey questions and 5 tables of data are included; 29 references are attached.) (RS)
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