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The impact of cultural education on adolescents and their comprehension of culture-specific reading material.

Ohtsuka, Keis and Miltiadous, Maria (1997) The impact of cultural education on adolescents and their comprehension of culture-specific reading material. In: 1996 ERA/AARE Joint Conference, 25-29 November 1996, Singapore.

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Abstract

The impact of cultural education on adolescents and their reading comprehension of culture specific material was assessed using fifty-five 14-15 year olds. Two experimental groups (n = 22; n = 18) received cultural education, either on Aboriginal or Indonesian culture, and then read passages about cultural conflicts. The control group (n = 15) was not given cultural education. Two passages, either on Aboriginal or Indonesian culture, presented two episodes of cultural conflicts, a universal and culture-specific example. Later participants' comprehension was assessed. A repeated-measures analysis of variance indicated that cultural education significantly improved the understanding of Indonesian culture, F(2, 52) = 18.2, MSE= .19, p < .0005. Furthermore, the opaqueness of cultural conflict within a passage had an independent significant effect on comprehension, F(2, 52) = 10.31, MSE = .22, p < .005. Motivation to interact with the culture and negation of former cultural beliefs significantly predict interest in Indonesian culture, F(2, 52) = 57.54, p< .001. There were no significant predictors of learning on Aboriginal culture. Prior knowledge predicted learning on Indonesian culture, F(2, 52) = 16.19, p< .001. The results suggest that cultural education improves adolescents' understanding of cultural information and that reader interest is in part attributed to negation of prior beliefs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISBN: 1324-9339
Additional Information:

Paper presented at the 1996 Educational Research Association
(Singapore)/Australian Association for Research in Education Joint
Annual Conference, Singapore, 25-29 November 1996.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Reading Comprehension, Cultural Education, Adolescents, high school students
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
RFCD Classification > 420000 Language and Culture
Depositing User: Dr Keis Ohtsuka
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:38
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/331
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