The effect of idiomatic language in passages on the reading comprehension of deaf and hearing subjects

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dc.contributor.advisor Cooper, J. David (James David), 1942- en_US
dc.contributor.author Page, Susan Elizabeth en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:29:43Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:29:43Z
dc.date.created 1981 en_US
dc.date.issued 1981
dc.identifier LD2489.Z64 1981 .P23 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/179342
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to determine whether the reading comprehension of deaf and hearing subjects was affected by the presence of idiomatic language in passages.The Test Of Idioms was constructed to determine the effect of idiomatic language on reading comprehension. It consisted of twelve passages. The four forms differed in the presence or absence of idiomatic language. The Test Of Idioms was evaluated by three judges. Form A and Form D were piloted to standardize the directions for administration and to assess the reliability of the instrument. The reliability for Form A was .93 and .89 for Form D.The subjects in this study were 54 students at the Indiana School for the Deaf who were prelingually, profoundly deaf and had no other handicapping conditions. The hearing subjects consisted of 91 students from the New Castle Community School System who were in grades three or four, had never been retained and had no handicapping conditions. Both deaf and hearing subjects were randomly assigned to take one of the four forms of the Test Of Idioms.The following results were obtained. The deaf subjects did not differ significantly across groups in their ability to comprehend passages with varying levels of idiomatic language. The hearing subjects did not differ significantly across groups in their ability to comprehend passages containing varying levels of idiomatic language. In addition, within groups the deaf and hearing subjects did not differ in their comprehension of passages as a function of the ability or inability to define the idioms contained in the passages.The findings of the study were interpreted to mean that when idioms are embedded in passages where sufficient contextual support is available and extraneous factors are controlled, comprehension is not impaired for deaf or hearing subjects. In addition ability to define an idiom is not an accurate predictor of comprehension ability for reading materials containing idiomatic language. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Elementary Education
dc.format.extent viii, 144 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Deaf children -- Language. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Idioms. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Usage. en_US
dc.title The effect of idiomatic language in passages on the reading comprehension of deaf and hearing subjects en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/251261 en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/uhtbin/catkey/1838247


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