ERIC Number: ED403546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
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The New Basal Readers: What Levels of Comprehension Do They Promote?
Risner, Gregory P.; Nicholson, Janice I.
A study determined the levels of comprehension generated by questions accompanying the stories in new basal readers. A sample of 200 questions, 100 randomly selected from each of the 2 most widely used third-grade series (the Scott Foresman series "Celebrate Reading" and the McGraw-Hill series "A New View"), were analyzed for the number of literal and above literal-level questions. Both basal series were published in 1995. Results indicated that 71% of the questions dealt with inferential comprehension while only 12% fell into the literal category. Results were similar when questions from each series were analyzed separately. Findings suggest that previous trends of a preponderance of literal-level questions has been reversed--students answering questions that accompany the stories in the new basals engage in higher levels of comprehension rather than mere memorization. (Contains 12 references and 2 tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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