Monday, January 31, 2011
Reading the same as Randeig?
I gave about 100 8th graders two reading exercises--one with real English words and one with scrambled words, except the first and last letter. I was thinking there might be some connection between one's ability with English and with scrambled words. I conjectured that struggling readers would be more unlikely to 'decode' the scrambled words.
I had visions of stunning Education journal publications. I would be heralded through every Education school between Tacoma and Parkland. Alas, I'm afraid it's not to be.
Almost every student seemed reasonably able to read the scrambled text. I had figured the "Cambridge University study" was a ruse. Either it was fake, or they got it way wrong--more like 85 per cent of my students could read the jumbled text. (I gave them comprehension questions for both readings, and I asked some students to read the scrambled text aloud. Very few flat out gave up trying. Most did reasonably well, actually.)
I still do wonder what this says about the emphasis on phonic decoding though.
Posted by Andrew Milton at 8:23 PM