Aloud V Silent Essay

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Is An Aloud Proofreading Strategy Better Than A Silent Proofreading Strategy For The Detection Of Misspelling Errors? 004095389 California State University, San Bernardino Author Note Michael J. Jackson, Department of Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Michael J. Jackson, Department of Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407. Email: Abstract This study examined an aloud proofreading strategy versus a silent proofreading strategy for the detection of misspellings. Participants included 136 English-speaking adult volunteers selected by a convenience sample from the local community. The participants were tested to see how many misspelling errors they could detect. It was predicted that the aloud strategy would yield better error detection. The materials for the study consisted of a testing packet which included instructions and four passages (two aloud, two silent). The passages had a second set of instructions that corresponded with each type of passage. Participants were taken to a quiet place and informed to read each passage at their normal reading speed as well as to read each passage only once. The participants read all four passages and circled any misspelling errors they detected. The study was a within-subjects design. The independent variable was type of proofreading strategy with two levels, aloud and silent. The dependent variable was the amount of errors detected by each strategy. Findings were analyzed using a t-test with a significance level set at .05. The aloud strategy revealed no significant results on error detection, t (135) = 1.840, p = .07. The findings are consistent with research on proofreading strategies (Riefer, 1991; Riefer, 1993).

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