ERIC Number: EJ875687
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Reading Motivation, Reading Amount, and Text Comprehension in Deaf and Hearing Adults
Parault, Susan J.; Williams, Heather M.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v15 n2 p120-135 Spr 2010
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between the variables of reading motivation, reading amount, and text comprehension in deaf and hearing adults. Research has shown that less than 50% of deaf students leave high school reading at or above a fourth-grade level (Allen, 1994). Our question is, how does this affect the levels of reading motivation and amount of reading in which deaf adults engage? Assessments of 30 hearing and 24 deaf adults showed that deaf participants reported significantly higher levels of reading motivation despite having been found to read at less than a sixth-grade level. No significant difference in the amount of reading between hearing and deaf adults was found. Amount of reading for personal reasons was found to be the best predictor of text comprehension in the deaf participants, and intrinsic motivation was found to be the best predictor of amount of reading in the deaf participants.
Descriptors: Deafness, Reading Motivation, Evaluation, Adults, Recreational Reading, Reading, Reading Comprehension, Comparative Analysis, Predictor Variables
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