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ERIC Number: ED448431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 49
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The Effect of Interest in Nonfiction Subject Matter on Comprehension.
Partridge, Heather
The purpose of this study was to determine whether a student's level of interest in a nonfiction topic affects his or her comprehension of that topic. An additional objective was to find out if the student's ability level had an impact on this interest-comprehension relationship. Three first graders (one low, one average, and one high ability) were read both high- and low-interest nonfiction trade books. The findings concerning the interest-comprehension effect differed with respect to each student. Overall, comprehension scores of the high-ability student were better, while the low- and average-ability students performed similarly. Topic interest had a greater effect on comprehension for lower-ability students than the high-ability student, in the sense that lower-ability students had better comprehension of high-interest texts. (Contains 20 references and 4 tables of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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