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ERIC Number: EJ1113244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Whose Story Is This? Discrepancy Triggers Readers' Attention to Source Information in Short Narratives
Rouet, Jean-Fran├žois; Le Bigot, Ludovic; de Pereyra, Guillaume; Britt, M. Anne
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v29 n8 p1549-1570 Oct 2016
Three experiments investigated the role of source information (i.e., who said what) in readers' comprehension of short informational texts. Based on the Discrepancy-Induced Source Comprehension assumption (Braasch, Rouet, Vibert, & Britt, 2012), we hypothesized that readers would be more likely to make use of source information when summarizing stories that included discrepant statements. Readers would also memorize source information more accurately. Experiments 1 and 2 found that American and French college students were more likely to refer to source information when they summarized news reports containing discrepant assertions. A detailed content analysis of the summaries also indicated that students use hedging and several other tactics to resolve contradictions. Experiment 3 replicated Braasch et al.'s finding that sources of discrepant stories were more likely to be recalled than sources of consistent stories. Experiment 3 also extended these findings using longer texts and a different reading task. Altogether the data support the Documents Model framework of multiple source comprehension.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France; United States
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