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Study of Reading Comprehension 1970

The Study of Reading Comprehension is a part of the Six Subject Study 1970. The study adopted, as measures of verbal ability, a test of reading comprehension, a brief test of speed of reading, and a brief test of word knowledge.

Aims of the study

Areas of inquiry for possible predictors of accomplishment in reading were out-of-school environment (including home environment, language in home, and exposure to mass media), availability of reading materials, educational practices and background (including instructional practices, resources and procedures for individualization of instruction, and size and type of school), the interests and attitudes of the students, acquired study and reading habits, and presence of eye, hearing, and speech deficits. The data were collected in 1970–1971.

Target Population

This was 10-year-old students, 14-year-old students, and students in the final grade of the secondary school.

Participating Educational Systems

Belgium (Flemish), Belgium (French), Chile, England, Finland, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, United States. Please note that most but not all countries participated in all studies.
Link to IEA website.

Data - Additional codebooks

Complete codebook on Six Subject Survey main page.

Data - Population

All countries

Australia

Belgium, Flemish

Belgium, French

Chile

England-Wales

FED REP GERMANY   

FINLAND

FRANCE

HUNGARY

INDIA

IRAN

ISRAEL   

ITALY   

JAPAN

NETHERLANDS   

SCOTLAND

SWEDEN   

THAILAND

USA   

Instruments

Reading Comprehenstion

Reading Comprehension - Section C
Reading Comprehension - Section D
Reading Speed (Practice) - Section P
Reading Speed (Test) - Section J

International

Swedish

Scoring Keys

International


Population II

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension Questionnaire - Section E

Reading Comprehension - Section C
Reading Comprehension - Section D
Reading Speed (Practice) - Section P

International

Swedish

Reading Speed (Test) - Section J

International

Swedish

Scoring Keys

International


Population IV

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension Questionnaire - Section E

Reading Comprehension IV - Section C
Reading Comprehension IV - Section D

International
Swedish

International
Swedish

Scoring Keys

International


 

Teacher questionnarie

Teacher Questionnaire - Reading Comprehension and Literature - International 

Swedish

Publications

International

Purves, A. C. (1973). Literature education in ten countries II: an empirical study.

Thorndike, R.L. (1973). Reading Comprehension Education in Fifteen Countries III: An Empirical Study.

Swedish

Hansson, G. (1975). Svensk skola i interationell belysning II. Läsning och litteratur.