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Title: Questioning-the-author: Primary school students' perceptions
Authors: Foong, Poh Yi
Png, Jessie Lay Hoon
Raslinda Ahmad Rasidir
Silver, Rita
Issue Date: Nov-2009
Citation: Foong, P. Y., Png, J. L. H., Rasidir, R. A., & Silver, R. (2009, November). Questioning-the-author: Primary school students' perceptions. Paper presented at the ERAS Conference, Singapore,
Abstract: A small-scale study of reading comprehension in Primary 4 was undertaken. One aspect of the study was to introduce “Questioning-the-Author” (QtA) technique (Beck & McKeown, 2002) as part of reading comprehension lessons. Subsequently students answered comprehension questions which included ‘traditional’ reading comprehension questions (literal, inferential and applicative, following Ruddell, 1999) and QtA-type question (e.g. “What do you think the author wants you to understand?”). In addition to checking student comprehension via the lesson worksheets, we also administered a survey to gather information on student perceptions of item difficulty and interest level. In other words, which types of questions were perceived to be more difficult? Which questions were considered to be more interesting? This paper focuses on student perceptions of the different question types. We will also consider whether students’ perceptions of difficulty/interest matched accuracy of student responses.
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