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ERIC Number: ED353558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Properties of Attention during Reading Lessons.
Imai, Mutsumi; And Others
A study investigated the attention of 116 children in 6 second- and third-grade classrooms while they participated in 4 lessons involving progressively more difficult stories. Analysis of videotapes of the lessons revealed that the likelihood of a lapse of attention was highest during the first 15 seconds of attention episodes. Lapses in attention were more likely among second graders than among third graders, among boys than among girls, in low groups than in middle groups, and in middle groups than in higher groups. The more difficult the story, the more likely were lapses in attention, especially among younger and less able students. Reading-group membership was more strongly related to attention than were reliable measures of children's individual comprehension and fluency. A leading hypothesis to explain this finding is that reading groups have subcultures that differentially support paying attention. The most newsworthy finding of the study was the sharp drop in attention following oral reading errors. This drop was observed in all reading groups in both second and third grades. (Two tables and seven figures of data are included; 41 references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Reading, Urbana, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois