A COMPREHENSIVE TEST OF THE COMPONENT SKILLS OF READING IS REQUIRED TO DO RESEARCH ON EITHER ETIOLOGY OR REMEDIATION OF DYSLEXIA.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$46,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
5310
Agency Tracking Number:
5310
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Principal Investigator:
MATTHEW R SORENSON
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(801) 375-3855
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Abstract
A COMPREHENSIVE TEST OF THE COMPONENT SKILLS OF READING IS REQUIRED TO DO RESEARCH ON EITHER ETIOLOGY OR REMEDIATION OF DYSLEXIA. THE SUBSKILLS ADDRESSED ARE STRUCTURED IN A MODEL THAT COMBINES LEVELS OF LANGUAGE ORGANIZATION WITH SEVERAL COFNITIVE OPERATIONS. USING COMPUTER-ADAPTIVE TECHNIQUES FOR PRESENTATION AND MEASUREMENT OF TEST ITEMS, A BROAD RANGE OF READING SKILLS CAN BE EVALUATED QUICKLY ANDACCURATELY. A COMPUTERIZED DIAGNOSTIC TEST CAN YEILD INFORMATION ON ABILITIES, (IN)CONSISTENCY, LATENCY, AND STRATEGIES. PHASE I WILL INCLUDE ITEM AND GRAPHICS GENERATION, PROGRAMMING, TRIAL TESTING, ITEM CALIBRATION, EVALUATION, AND DOCUMENTATION. A SAMPLE OF 100 DYSLEXICS AND 100 NORMAL READERS IN GRADES TWO, FOUR, AND SIX WILL BE GIVEN THE COMPUTERIZED TEST AND ONE OF SEVERAL PAPER-BASED READING TESTS. BOTH AN AGGLOMERATIVE AND A PARTITIONING TYPE CLUSTER ANALYSIS WILL BE APPLIED TO THE DATA SET TO ISOLATE DIFFERENCES IN THE SKILL PROFILES BETWEEN GROUPS, ACROSS AGES, AND WITHIN DYSLEXICS. IN PHASE II, THE ITEM POOL WILL BE REFINED, DIAGNOSTIC LOGIC WILL BE UPDATED IN LIGHT OF TEST RESULTS, AND IMPLEMENTATION ON MICROCOMPUTERS WILL BE STARTED.

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