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Effecten van QuikScan op tekstbegrip

Weiss, Laura (2009) Effecten van QuikScan op tekstbegrip.

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Abstract:Reading can be a problem when the readers do not fully understand the text. QuikScan is a newly developed method that tries to make it easier to read. QuikScan aims to help in three ways: To ease understanding of a text, to aid recollection of the text at a later time and to facilitate searching for information in a text. The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that QuikScan helps increase understanding of a text and that texts that have been edited with the QuikScan system are rated higher on interest, understandability and structure. In this study text comprehension was tested by asking 40 psychology students to read a scientific text about a relatively unknown psychological subject. In the experimental group 20 of these students received a text that had been edited with the QuikScan system. QuikScan works with summarizing sentences placed in a box between paragraphs. Numbers are placed before each summarizing sentence as well as by the corresponding passage in the article. In the control group the other 20 students received a text that had a structured abstract at the start. Afterwards they were asked to fill in a questionnaire about personal characteristics, a questionnaire about text perception and to answer 12 open questions about the contents of the text. The participants in the experimental group were significantly better at answering the questions than the test subjects that got the structured abstract version of the text. But there was no difference between the two groups in the ratings on interest, understandability and structure. In conclusion it can be stated that QuikScan helps people better understand a text but fails to increase the rating they give the text.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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