The Acquisition of Facts as a Measure of Reading Comprehension

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The Elementary School Journal


In the past it has often been asserted that persons who are able to get the facts from their reading are also able to understand what they read. In other words, if pupils are given tests to determine the facts secured from reading, their understanding of what they have read is equally well tested.

The writer studied this problem as a part of a larger investigation which was carried on at the University of Iowa. The problem was: What is the relation between ability to secure facts and the ability to do inferential thinking regarding historical material read?

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