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ERIC Number: ED466182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Development of a Japanese Reading Support System Based on Activating Visual Information.
Kato, Yukari; Okamoto, Toshio
The purpose of this study was two-fold: (1) to investigate the effects of visual information, background knowledge, and academic reading experience, and (2) to identify the non-native readers' problems in comprehending Japanese academic texts. Sixty-three foreign students studying at universities and graduate schools in Japan participated in this study. Major findings were as follows: the exhibition of charts and text diagrams did not promote reading comprehension; the students' past experiences of academic text reading influenced the score of the reading comprehension test and strategies of activating visual information; and there was not significant correlation between the amount of background knowledge and the score of reading comprehension tests. Moreover, the cluster-analysis of descriptive data seemed reasonable to support that there would be differences of activating visual information between advanced and novice readers. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/AEF)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan