Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

Screening reading comprehension in adults : development and initial evaluation of a reading comprehension measure


Proyer, Rene T; Wagner-Menghin, Michaela M; Grafinger, Gyöngyi (2014). Screening reading comprehension in adults : development and initial evaluation of a reading comprehension measure. Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling, 56(4):368-381.

Abstract

Reading comprehension in adults is a rather neglected variable in the practice of psychological assessment. We propose a new screening instrument for adult reading comprehension based on a pragmatic definition of reading comprehension as the textual understanding of the text read. Using data from a calibration sample (n = 266) and a replication sample (n = 148) for cross-validation, we tested the model fit for the 1-PL model (Rasch-model; graphic model test, Anderson’s Conditional Likelihood-Ratio test). Model fit was established and verified in the replication sample after the stepwise exclusion of three (out of 16) items. Correlations with a test for memory and the external criterion reading proficiency were in the expected direction. The comparison of a sub-group of putatively highly skilled readers (n = 59; University students and lecturers) and putatively low skilled readers (n = 122; participants undergoing psychological assessment for having their driving license reinstated after a ban) showed that a percent rank < 10 in the measure might indicate insufficient reading skills for practical purposes. Pending further research, the instrument seems to be a useful instrument for the screening of reading comprehension skills in adults.

Abstract

Reading comprehension in adults is a rather neglected variable in the practice of psychological assessment. We propose a new screening instrument for adult reading comprehension based on a pragmatic definition of reading comprehension as the textual understanding of the text read. Using data from a calibration sample (n = 266) and a replication sample (n = 148) for cross-validation, we tested the model fit for the 1-PL model (Rasch-model; graphic model test, Anderson’s Conditional Likelihood-Ratio test). Model fit was established and verified in the replication sample after the stepwise exclusion of three (out of 16) items. Correlations with a test for memory and the external criterion reading proficiency were in the expected direction. The comparison of a sub-group of putatively highly skilled readers (n = 59; University students and lecturers) and putatively low skilled readers (n = 122; participants undergoing psychological assessment for having their driving license reinstated after a ban) showed that a percent rank < 10 in the measure might indicate insufficient reading skills for practical purposes. Pending further research, the instrument seems to be a useful instrument for the screening of reading comprehension skills in adults.

Statistics

Downloads

197 downloads since deposited on 14 Jan 2015
127 downloads since 12 months
Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:14 Jan 2015 16:01
Last Modified:21 Nov 2017 17:40
Publisher:Pabst Science Publishers
ISSN:2190-0493
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.psychologie-aktuell.com/fileadmin/download/ptam/4-2014_20141222/04_Proyer.pdf

Download

Download PDF  'Screening reading comprehension in adults : development and initial evaluation of a reading comprehension measure'.
Preview
Content: Published Version
Language: English
Filetype: PDF
Size: 291kB