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Children's concept of understanding, its role in comprehension monitoring

Roberts, Vera (1999) Children's concept of understanding, its role in comprehension monitoring. Masters thesis, University of Toronto.

Item Type: Thesis (external)
Creators: Roberts, Vera
Abstract:

Research in the area of comprehension monitoring shows that children often fail to monitor
their own comprehension. This study hypothesizes that what these poor monitors may lack is a
concept of understanding. A concept of understanding is argued to involve aspects of information
and information transfer. Thus subjects were tested on their ability to judge information adequacy,
assess information perspective, ascribe understanding and describe the purpose of discourse.
Children ages 3 to 7 years were tested for comprehension monitoring ability as well as for a concept
of understanding. Most tests showed a substantial increase in performance on measures of a
concept of understanding and of comprehension monitoring at around age five. The two types of
tasks were highly related in that high monitors were consistently superior in measures of
understanding understanding. The results show that comprehension monitoring can be explained by
the acquisition of s concept of understanding.

Date: 1999
Divisions: Faculty of Design
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Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 18:10
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2017 16:09
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/407

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