Measuring Reading Competence

A Theoretical-Prescriptive Approach

  • Steven Schwartz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-1
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  3. The Current Scene

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      Pages 9-9
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  4. Theoretically Based Reading Measures

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      Pages 111-111
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  5. Testing and Instruction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
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  6. Technical Specifications

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      Pages 219-219
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 314-343

About this book


This book concerns measuring reading skills. It is not meant to be a compre­ hensive survey of reading research or a review of all possible approaches to reading measurement (although considerable attention is given to both subjects). Instead, the purpose of this book is to present a coherent, theoretically based approach to measuring reading competence. The ability to measure a phenomenon is an important prerequisite for scientific analysis. As Lord Kelvin said, "One's knowledge of science begins when he can measure what he is speaking about and express it in numbers." Unfortunately, not just any numbers will do. Presently available reading tests provide their users with a plethora of numbers-age levels, percentiles, grade equivalents-but their scientific value is questionable. The problem is that there is more to scientific measurement than merely assigning numbers to arbitrarily chosen behaviors. Scientific measurement occurs only within the confines of a theory, and most reading tests are atheoretical. Recent years have witnessed an explosive growth in reading research.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Steven Schwartz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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