Influence of topic interest on children's reading comprehension


Journal Article

Previous research indicates that children comprehend more of high-than low-interest material when each child is given a mixture of both types of material. This effect could be due to a contrast effect whereby children selectively respond to the more appealing topics in their set of passages. In the present study fifth grade children each received either all high-interest cloze passages or all low-interest cloze passages but not both. Children's cloze responses were scored by the exact replacement method and by a method which included synonyms as correct. Results were that children comprehended more of high- than low-interest material, indicating that the interest effect is not dependent on a contrast phenomenon. Synonym production data indicated that high-achieving children generated more synonyms than low-achieving children and that boys produced more synonyms than girls. Thus, scoring synonyms as correct appears to have informational value. © 1978, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Asher, SR; Hymel, S; Wigfield, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 1978

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 35 - 47

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1554-8430

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1086-296X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10862967809547253

Citation Source

  • Scopus