New Techniques for Measuring and Improving Reading Comprehension.
AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH SILVER SPRING MD
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A standardized method was developed which will convert prose training materials into a form which forces the trainees to read the material with at least a minimal level of comprehension. The materials, called programmed prose materials, are developed in an objective manner amenable to computer production. Phase I of the project involved an extensive investigation of a new technique, called the reading-storage test, for measuring the learning that occurs during reading so that the effectiveness of programmed prose could be properly assessed in Phases II, III, and IV. This report covers the Phase I and Phase II research. It was concluded that the objectively developed reading-storage test is valid as a measure of the learning, understanding, comprehending, or information storing that occurs during reading and programmed prose facilitates learning in reading situations wherein attention wanes. Author Modified Abstract
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