ERIC Number: ED394138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
The Effects of Inserted Questions and Mandatory Review in Computer-Mediated Texts. Reading Research Report No. 50.
Reinking, David; And Others
A study investigated the effects of inserting questions in a computer-mediated text that required readers to review relevant portions of the text when a question was answered incorrectly. Undergraduate students (n=36) served as their own controls while reading a scientific text under 3 treatment conditions that varied as to the consequences of an incorrect response to a question. Participants spent proportionately more time reviewing target paragraphs directly relevant to inserted questions when mandatory review was linked to answering the same as opposed to a different question after a review cycle. A statistically significant interaction between treatment and question type on a posttest indicated that participants' scores were higher on repeated inferential questions and lower on new literal questions when review cycles were followed by a different question. Findings suggest that varying the contingencies associated with responses to questions inserted in computer-mediated texts may affect readers' strategies and consequently the information recalled. (Contains 15 references, and 2 tables and 2 figures of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Reading Research Center, Athens, GA.; National Reading Research Center, College Park, MD.