"Assessing Comprehension Monitoring and Its Relation with Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Knowledge: An Eye Movement Study"
AERA 2018 Annual Meeting: “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education”
April 13-17, 2018
Title: "Assessing Comprehension Monitoring and Its Relation with Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Knowledge: An Eye Movement Study"
Authors: Elham Zargar, Carol M. Connor
Many students struggling with reading comprehension have ineffective comprehension monitoring, making examination of this skill crucial. Comprehension monitoring, strategies used to evaluate and regulate comprehension, occurs at different levels of linguistic structure (word or sentence-level). We utilized two eye-movement tasks (one newly developed) to examine early lexical processing and comprehension regulation at word and sentence-level, and their association with reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge in 3rd- 5th graders. Overall, students with stronger reading comprehension were more likely to repair sentence-level inconsistencies, compared to poorer comprehenders. Moreover, those with stronger vocabulary knowledge were more likely to repair both types of inconsistencies, compared to those with weaker vocabulary. With eye-tracking technology becoming more accessible, these tasks can assess children’s reading more precisely.