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Construct Validity of Careful vs. Expeditious Reading Skills

1. Gholamreza Hessamy; 2. Soheila Dehghan Suldaragh (Corresponding author).
1. Department of Applied Linguistics, Payame Noor University PO Box 19395-4697, Iran; 2. MA in TEFL from Payame Noor University, Iran
Abstract :
An important aspect of reading research concerns the nature of the divisibility of the 
construct. The present study examined the construct validity of expeditious and careful 
reading. To this end, first, empirical data was gathered to see whether there was any 
significant difference in the performance of EFL learners at the macro-levels of expeditious 
vs. careful reading. Then, the possible relationships among the underlying sub-skills 
hypothesized to be utilized in careful reading, i.e., ‘understanding explicit information’ and 
‘making inferences’, and expeditious reading, i.e., ‘skimming’ and ‘scanning’, were studied. 
To fulfill the purpose of the study, a reading comprehension test measuring these sub-skills 
was prepared and administered to 200 Iranian English majors. Data was analyzed using 
paired-sample t-test and factor analysis. The results showed that in spite of a significant 
difference in the performance of subjects on expeditious vs. careful reading items, all the 
sub-skills operationalized in the instrument were measuring aspects of one underlying 
construct of L2 reading comprehension ability. Implications for testing and teaching L2 
reading are discussed.
Keywords :
careful reading, expeditious reading, construct validity, reading sub-skills

Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2014 16:39

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Volume 1, Number 3, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887

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