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ERIC Number: ED415485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 40
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The Relationship between Third Grade Students' Definitions of Reading, Self-Perceptions as Readers, and Their Reading Performance.
Howe, Mary E.; Thames, Dana G.; Kazelskis, Richard
The purpose of this study was to determine if students' definitions of reading and self-perceptions/attitudes as readers are related to word recognition and comprehension performances. The study also examined if students' definitions of reading were related to a tendency to exhibit learning difficulties. Subjects were the entire third-grade population (164 students) at a K-4 elementary school located in a small town in the southern region of the United States. Results indicated a significant difference between students' definitions of reading and comprehension performances as measured by an informal assessment, but no significant difference was found for comprehension performance on formal assessments, definitions of reading, and word recognition performance. Both positive and negative correlations were found between the Reader Self-Perception Scale scores and subjects' comprehension performance. A significant difference was found between subjects' general and physiological states as self-perceptions as readers and the passed and failed groups for learning disabilities. No significant difference was found between students' self-perceptions as readers and the passed and failed groups for learning disabilities or definitions of reading. Findings suggest that subjects': (1) definitions of reading were related to comprehension performance as measured by an informal reading assessment; (2) definitions of reading and self-perceptions have little effect on word recognition performance; (3) comprehension was not related to self-perceptions as readers; (4) self-perceptions as readers were related to the tendency to exhibit learning difficulties; and (5) self-perceptions as readers were not related to definitions of reading. (Contains 42 references and 11 tables of data.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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