The Process and Product of Coherence Monitoring in Young Readers : Effects of Reader and Text Characteristics

Currie, Nicola and Francey, Gillian and Davies, Robert and Gray, Shelley and Bridges, Mindy and Restrepo, Maria Adelaida and Thompson, Marilyn and Ciraolo, Margeaux F. and Hu, Jinxiang and Cain, Kate (2021) The Process and Product of Coherence Monitoring in Young Readers : Effects of Reader and Text Characteristics. Scientific Studies of Reading, 25 (2). pp. 141-158. ISSN 1088-8438

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We examined sixth graders’ detection of inconsistencies in narrative and expository passages, contrasting participants who were monolingual speakers (N=85) or Spanish-English DLLs (N=94) when recruited in pre-kindergarten (PK). We recorded self-paced reading times and judgements about whether the text made sense, and took an independent measure of word reading. Main findings were that inconsistency detection was better for narratives, for participants who were monolingual speakers in PK, and for those who were better word readers. When the text processing demands were increased by separating the inconsistent sentence and its premise with filler sentences there was a stronger signal for inconsistency detection during reading for better word readers. Reading patterns differed for texts for which children reported an inconsistency compared to those for which they did not, indicating a failure to adequately monitor for coherence while reading. Our performance measures indicate that narrative and expository texts make different demands on readers.

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Scientific Studies of Reading
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