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ERIC Number: ED556920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 147
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3039-3110-9
A Study of Reading Comprehension in Older Children Using Selected Korean Bible Translations
Kim, Jae Woo
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Problem: The problem of this study was to determine the difference in Bible comprehension scores among gender-based groups of older children using selected passages from three Bible translations: the Children's Bible, the Easy Bible, and the New Revised Korean Bible. Procedures: A total of 288 older children in three churches (Beautiful Baptist Church, Dream Presbyterian Church, and Young-An Baptist Church) from three different cities (Seoul, Goonsan, and Busan) in Korea participated in this study. The entire population of students (4th, 5th, and 6th graders) was included in the sample except Dream Church. In the case of this church, 4th graders had different worship and Bible study times, so they were not included in the tests. Morrow's rewriting test and scoring procedures were selected for Bible comprehension tests, and these comprehension tests were administered in the Bible study after the worship service. Each older child received randomly selected Old Testament or New Testament tests from three different Korean Bible translations: the New Revised Korean Bible, the Children's Bible, and the Easy Bible. When they received the test sheet, each older child filled in the personal information on the paper. Then, they read the narrative stories from the Old Testament (2 Kgs 7:3-10) or the New Testament (Acts 8:9-11 and 14-24) as many times as they wanted. Following this, they rewrote the stories without reading them again. At the end of the paper, they were asked their opinion of the level of difficulty of the tests and to explain their answer. The researcher scored all the answers with a checklist following Morrow's scoring procedure, and a 2 x 3 ANOVA design was employed in SPSS 20 to test their results. Finding and Conclusion: There was no significant difference between boys and girls for both the Old Testament test ("F" [5, 129] = 1.463, p = 0.229) and the New Testament test ("F" [5, 147] = 0.168, p = 0.683). However, there was a significant difference in both the Old Testament ("F" [5, 129] = 17.032, p = 0.000) and the New Testament ("F" [5, 147] = 10.250, p = 0.000) tests across the three translations of the Bible. Post-hoc comparisons indicated that the NRKB rewriting scores (M[subscript OT] = 11.88, SD[subscript OT] = 13.655, M[subscript NT] = 14.59, SD[subscript NT] 13.975) were significantly lower than those of the Easy Bible (M[subscript OT] = 28.60, SD[subscript OT] 17.606, M[subscript NT] = 28.29, SD[subscript NT] = 18.539, "P"[subscript OT] = 0.000, "P"[subscript NT] =0.000) and the children's Bible (M[subscript OT] = 26.33, SD[subscript OT] = 13.959; M[subscript NT] = 28.04, SD[subscript NT] = 18.671, "P"[subscript OT] = 0.000, "P"[subscript NT] =0.001) in both the Old Testament and the New Testament; however, there was no significant difference between the Easy Bible scores and the Children's Bible scores ("P"[subscript OT] = 0.765, "P"[subscript NT] =0.997). Thus, the results indicated there was no significant difference in reading comprehension between boys and girls using the Old Testament and the New Testament rewriting tests, but there was a significant difference in reading comprehension across the three Bible translations, with the NRKB comprehension scores being significantly lower than the Children's Bible and the Easy Bible. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Intermediate Grades; Grade 4; Grade 6; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea