ERIC Number: EJ1168258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
The Dimensionality of Inference Making: Are Local and Global Inferences Distinguishable?
Muijselaar, Marloes M. L.
Scientific Studies of Reading, v22 n2 p117-136 2018
We investigated the dimensionality of inference making in samples of 4- to 9-year-olds (Ns = 416-783) to determine if local and global coherence inferences could be distinguished. In addition, we examined the validity of our experimenter-developed inference measure by comparing with three additional measures of listening comprehension. Multitrait, multimethod modeling determined that the best fitting model included both text and inference factors, but the factor loadings of these final models showed that local and global inference factors could not be measured reliably. The Inference Task as a whole was reliable and showed good validity at all grade levels.
Descriptors: Inferences, Thinking Skills, Young Children, Listening Comprehension, Measures (Individuals), Test Reliability, Test Validity, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Reading Comprehension, Elementary School Students, Primary Education, Task Analysis, Factor Analysis, Correlation, Scores, Pretests Posttests, Longitudinal Studies, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305F100002