Adult readers' eye movements during the production of oral miscues
AuthorPaulson, Eric John
AdvisorGoodman, Yetta M.
Goodman, Kenneth S.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractMiscue analysis and eye-movement recording technology are combined in this dissertation to explore the reading processes of adult, skilled readers. The combination of approaches forms a new reading research methodology termed Eye Movement Miscue Analysis, or EMMA, that provides a powerful view of the reading process. Miscue analysis, the psycholinguistic analysis of unexpected responses in a reader's oral text, provides a verbal dimension of data for reading research. Similarly, eye-movement recording, which shows precisely where in a text a reader looks, provides a visual dimension of data. When these two research approaches are combined, both verbal and visual data are analyzed, resulting in a powerful, multi-dimensional view of the reading process. This dissertation focuses on adult readers' eye movements made during the production of miscues and other oral reading phenomena. Patterns of eye movements relative to substitutions, omissions, insertions, partials, and repetitions are described, analyzed, and compared. Results of the analysis are discussed in terms of whether current causal explanations of miscues are augmented or refuted. Original conceptions about the reading process formed as a result of this research are developed and placed in existing theoretical frameworks. Major findings include that the eye movements relative to different types of miscues and other oral reading phenomena exhibit different patterns, and both eye movements and miscues, and the relationship between them, are functions of comprehension. Also, contrary to conventional wisdom, most miscued words are examined, and examined thoroughly, before the miscue is produced; miscues are not caused by careless or reckless reading, or visually skipping words. Implications for theories and models of the reading process are discussed, and areas of needed research are described.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Language, Reading & Culture