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ERIC Number: ED563494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Comprehension of English Text among Saudi Arabian and American Undergraduates
Menard, Lauren; McAlister, Kimberly Walker
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Knoxville, TN, Nov 5-7, 2014)
Reading comprehension was investigated between undergraduates at a university in Louisiana, United States (n = 17) and an English-based university in Saudi Arabia (n = 41) for the purpose of comparing variance and proficiency. Comprehension was measured with an 8th grade curriculum-based measure administered in English. The research hypothesis of a larger proportion proficient (60% or higher) from the university within the United States (99%) than the proportion proficient from an English-based university in Saudi Arabia (49%) was revealed in data (?[superscript 2] = 10.49, p = 0.0012). Greater variance in reading comprehension was expected at the English-based university in the non-English speaking country because of non-standardization of English instruction in k-12 programming. Analysis of sample variance in student data from Prince Mohammad bin fahd University (s[superscript 2] = 11.575) and Northwestern State University (s[superscript 2] = 4.639) confirmed this expectation.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana; Saudi Arabia