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ERIC Number: EJ1004792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9487
Component Model of Reading Comprehension for Adult Education Participants
Mellard, Daryl F.; Fall, Emily
Learning Disability Quarterly, v35 n1 p10-23 Feb 2012
The following insights into the reading skills of 312 participants in adult basic and secondary education programs are based on a principal components analysis of reading components' contributions to variance in reading comprehension. Overall, 75% of variance was explained by four composite variables representing word skills, language comprehension, memory, and fluency errors (which was nonsignificant). Differences existed in the degree to which the three significant components contributed to variance by adults' functional reading level. These differences demonstrate a progression in which lowest ability readers seem to primarily draw on word skills and secondarily on memory, mid-level readers begin to integrate language comprehension skills with word reading and memory, and better readers engage in a balance of all three skills and abilities, yet remain below the 25th percentile in reading comprehension. Intervention developers and instructors are encouraged to not view this population as homogeneous but rather to be sensitive to the differences in reading behaviors among adult education participants. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A