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The Effects of Some Known Sources of Reading Difficulty on Metacomprehension and Comprehension

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This study represents an exploration into the relationship between comprehension and metacomprehension. The effects of variables known to be sources of reading difficulty were compared on a measure of reading comprehension and one of metacomprehension. One hundred and twenty seventh grade students each read four versions of thirty-six passages which differed in level of familiarity, goodness of structure, and vocabulary difficulty. Then students either rated the comprehensibility of each passage or responded to ten comprehension probes for each of the passages. Both comprehensibility judgments and comprehension performance were positively related to topic familiarity and good story structure. Vocabulary difficulty was negatively related to performance on the comprehension measure only. Implications for research are discussed. �� 1981, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 1981

Citation


  • Raphael, T. E., Myers, A. C., Tirre, W. C., Fritz, M., & Freebody, P. (1981). The Effects of Some Known Sources of Reading Difficulty on Metacomprehension and Comprehension. Journal of Literacy Research, 13(4), 325-334. doi:10.1080/10862968109547421

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84965572628

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 325

End Page


  • 334

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • This study represents an exploration into the relationship between comprehension and metacomprehension. The effects of variables known to be sources of reading difficulty were compared on a measure of reading comprehension and one of metacomprehension. One hundred and twenty seventh grade students each read four versions of thirty-six passages which differed in level of familiarity, goodness of structure, and vocabulary difficulty. Then students either rated the comprehensibility of each passage or responded to ten comprehension probes for each of the passages. Both comprehensibility judgments and comprehension performance were positively related to topic familiarity and good story structure. Vocabulary difficulty was negatively related to performance on the comprehension measure only. Implications for research are discussed. �� 1981, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 1981

Citation


  • Raphael, T. E., Myers, A. C., Tirre, W. C., Fritz, M., & Freebody, P. (1981). The Effects of Some Known Sources of Reading Difficulty on Metacomprehension and Comprehension. Journal of Literacy Research, 13(4), 325-334. doi:10.1080/10862968109547421

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84965572628

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 325

End Page


  • 334

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication