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Repp, Alan C.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Learning and Development


Cloze procedure; Reading comprehension


This study investigated the use of a modified cloze procedure in an attempt to increase reading comprehension of short stories. The subjects, three third grade females, participated in three replications of a single subject design. The independent variable was a cloze procedure exercise written from a short story; every tenth word was deleted from the story, with the words listed at the bottom of the page. The dependent variable was the daily performance score from comprehension questions written from each story. The study lasted 48 days, and 48 different stories were used. Each student completed 24 exercises for each of two conditions; condition A -reading a story silently, followed by completion of eight comprehension questions, and condition B — completion of a cloze procedure exercise of a story, followed by completion of eight comprehension' questions. Results from each student were analyzed to compare comprehension performance under conditions A and B, and to investigate whether accurate completion of cloze procedure exercises affected comprehension performance. Graphic and numerical analyses of results indicated no substantial increase in comprehension performance due to practice with the close procedure.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


v, 36 pages




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