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Gender Differences in Narrative Text Recall

Dr Adnan Salhi.

Recall, in its various forms, has often been used as a measure of comprehension. Most of the research on recall from narrative text has been conducted in settings (psychology labs) that are very different from the commonly used natural educational reading settings (classrooms). Also, research on recall from narrative text has used texts that are different from what students naturally read. This empirical research examines what students, in a natural classroom settings, remember from a very common form of literature (fables). Using the explicit idea units (T-units) to assess reading recall, results indicated a significant effect favoring females over males in the quantity of T-units recalled. Even though there were gender differences in the quantity of T-units recalled, results indicated that no differences existed in the quality of T-units. (Figures, tables and 33 references are included)


Dr Adnan Salhi  (United States)
Associate Professor
College of Education
Saginaw Valley State University

Born in Palestine, Adnan Salhi earned his undergraduate degree in English literature from the Lebanese University. After immigrating to the United States in 1987, he earned his M. A. degree in English from the University of Detroit and his Ed. D. From Wayne State University. After teaching for 25 years in middle and secondary schools, he currently teaches content literacy at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.

  • Gender differences
  • Narrative text recall
  • Comprehension

(Virtual Presentation, English)