A study of fourth grade students' comprehension of basal reader workbooks

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Shirley Brown Owen (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Barbara D. Stoodt

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to assess fourth grade students' abilities to read and comprehend fourth grade basal reader workbooks at an independent reading level. A second purpose of the study was to analyze the types of reading errors they made in comprehending the workbook materials. The subjects were 330 randomly selected fourth grade students. The students completed two cloze tests which were made from the fourth grade workbook materials and were scored by the exact word method. All incorrect responses were categorized into six syntactic and semantic error types. The relationships between the two cloze instruments and the three reading levels (frustration, instructional, independent); between the two cloze instruments and the six error types; and between the reading levels and the error types were computed with the statistical procedures of Analysis of Variance and the Chi- Square Test of Independence.

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Language: English
Date: 1986
Reading comprehension
Reading (Elementary)
Readers (Elementary)

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