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Questioning About Science Texts and Reading Time Through The Software SUPERLAB

Authors: Vaz-Rebelo, P; Otero, J; Costa, C; Morgado, J;Ishiwa, K

Ref.: 5th World Conference on Psychology, Counseling and Guidance (WCPCG) 5TH WORLD CONFERENCE ON PSYCHOLOGY, COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE, WCPCG-2014, Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences 159, 620-624 (2014)

Abstract: This study aims to analyze the relationship between science texts characteristics, namely the affirmative or interrogative title, and pupil questions, measuring reading time through SUPERLAB software. Ninety eight 7th grade pupils from a Portuguese lower secondary school participated in the research. Each participant read on the computer screen 4 texts about the planets of the solar system. After reading the second and the fourth text, participants were asked to formulate at least two questions about what they would like to know more about its topics. The results showed that there were no statistically significant differences between the experimental conditions and the questions about these texts. However, texts reading time was positively statistically significantly related with the complexity of the questions.

DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.12.436