Children And Reading Tests

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The increasing reliance of our educational system on standardized tests has precipitated a national debate. This debate, however, has proceeded with little attention to the tests themselves. This book makes a scholarly contribution to the debate by using the methods of discourse analysis to examine not only representative material from reading tests but also children's responses to it. The book is particularly attentive to the role of culture in shaping children's understanding of what they read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567504446
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/22/2000
  • Series: Advances in Discourse Processes Series
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

CLIFFORD HILL holds an endowed chair--the Arthur I. Gates Professorship of Language and Education--at Columbia University, where he also chairs the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College.

ERIC LARSEN is Adjunct Professor and instructor at the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
Ch. 1 Context of the Study 3
Pt. II Testing Reader Parsimony
Ch. 2 Truncated Narratives 35
Ch. 3 Excerpted Narratives 73
Ch. 4 Gapped Narratives 127
Pt. III Testing Reader Flexibility
Ch. 5 Shifting Frames 183
Ch. 6 Resolving Polarities 221
Ch. 7 Changing Registers 301
Pt. IV Conclusions
Ch. 8 Implications of the Study 335
App. A Corpus of Test Units 385
App. B Results of Pilot Testing 395
Glossary 401
References 413
Author Index 419
Subject Index 421
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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    If you teach reading, you MUST read this

    This is a mind-opening book. If you teach young children, you must read this. It should dramatically change your ideas about reading assessment.

    From the section "Guidelines for Test Makers":

    "As children respond to small bits of decontextualized material followed by multiple-choice tasks, they respond to test in such a limited way that they run the risk of internalizing an impoverished model of reading."

    Maybe you already felt what this book proves. Reading it will give you the specific language you need to begin to make the argument that we must change the way we assess young people's reading.

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