ERIC Number: EJ1063568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
Assessing the Cognitive Demands of a Century of Reading Curricula: An Analysis of Reading Text and Comprehension Tasks from 1910 to 2000
Stevens, Robert J.; Lu, Xiaofei; Baker, David P.; Ray, Melissa N.; Eckert, Sarah A.; Gamson, David A.
American Educational Research Journal, v52 n3 p582-617 Jun 2015
This research investigated the cognitive demands of reading curricula from 1910 to 2000. We considered both the nature of the text used and the comprehension tasks asked of students in determining the cognitive demands of the curricula. Contrary to the common assumption of a trend of simplification of the texts and comprehension tasks in third- and sixth-grade curricula, the results indicate that curricular complexity declined early in the century and leveled off over the middle decades but has notably increased since the 1970s, particularly for the third-grade curricula.
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Reading Instruction, Curriculum, Educational History, Reading Comprehension, Grade 3, Grade 6, Trend Analysis, Textbooks, Curriculum Evaluation, Syntax, Short Term Memory, Reading Processes, Coding, Statistical Analysis
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Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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