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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
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.
careful reading, expeditious reading, construct validity, reading sub-skills
Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2014 16:39
Official URL: http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijele/article/view/4018/3334
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Volume 1, Number 3, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887
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