ERIC Number: EJ718455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Reference Count: 36
Two Mandarin Readers in Taiwan: Characteristics of Children with Higher and Lower Reading Proficiency Levels
Yau, Jia-ling Charlene
Journal of Research in Reading, v28 n2 p108-124 May 2005
This study investigated how two readers of Mandarin with differing reading-proficiency skills interacted with a narrative passage, as well as what knowledge they brought to and made use of while reading the text. The perspectives of reading comprehension, transactional theory and social-cognitive models of reading served as this study's theoretical framework. Two Sixth-Grade participants were selected for inclusion through snowball sampling. The data in this study were obtained from interviews and think-alouds. Qualitative analysis indicated that the skilled Mandarin reader's stance moved along the efferentaesthetic continuum, while the less-skilled Mandarin reader's was mainly efferent. The skilled reader employed strategies of inferencing, summarisation and synthesis during and after reading, while the less-skilled reader applied bridging inferences, paraphrasing and repetition. The findings of this study corroborate previous findings that proficient readers employ more sophisticated approaches to reading than less-proficient readers.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inferences, Mandarin Chinese, Reading Comprehension, Interviews, Protocol Analysis, Reading Skills, Reading Strategies, Grade 6
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan