ERIC Number: ED355475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
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Utilizing Test Wiseness To Improve Test Scores in Reading for Eighth Grade Students.
Chance, Sandra L.
A practicum was developed which implemented various strategies to increase consistently below average reading comprehension scores of eighth-grade students. A targeted group of 16 students with middle ranking stanine scores was selected. Objectives included raising reading comprehension scores using task specific strategies, developing a more positive attitude toward reading, and utilizing higher order questioning strategies to increase cognitive skills. Although the targeted students did not show the expected increase in reading comprehension scores, 88% did show some degree of increase. Posttest scores also indicated that overall attitude toward reading was more positive, motivation to read increased, skill in determining the meaning of unknown words through contextual analysis improved, and participation in class discussion utilizing higher order questioning strategies increased. Findings suggest that the utilization of test wiseness strategies could facilitate an increase in comprehension scores on standardized achievement tests. (Twenty-seven references, standardized test results, pre- and posttest instruments, the reading attitude survey, a blank individual reading log, a cloze test, a teacher tally sheet for higher level cognitive thinking, and tables of test results are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Florida