Title

The Use of Think-Aloud Protocols to Compare Inferencing Abilities of Average and Below-Average Readers

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Learning Disabilities

Volume

35

Issue

5

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Publication Date

2002

First Page

437

Last Page

448

DOI

10.1177/00222194020350050401

Abstract

In this study, we examined whether think-aloud procedures would uncover differences in the kinds of inferences generated by average and below-average readers. Participants were 40 third-grade children who were divided into groups of average and below-average readers. All participants completed measures of nonverbal IQ, reading, language, and working memory, and a story comprehension task that consisted of two conditions: listen through and think aloud. The major findings in this study were that (a) average readers generated significantly more explanatory inferences than below-average readers, and (b) comprehension performance as measured by story recall was significantly better for both groups in the think-aloud condition than in the listen-through condition. The discussion addresses the implications of these findings.

Comments

Originally published by SAGE Publications. Publisher's PDF available through remote link.