Value of a Scale Used to Measure Metacognitive Reading Awareness

Vicki Mayer McLain, Kennesaw State University
Betty E. Gridley, Ball State University
David McIntosh, Oklahoma State University - Main Campus


Determined preliminary reliability and validity data on the Index of Reading Awareness developed by S. G. Paris and J. E. Jacobs (see record 1985-15780-001). 133 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders were administered 4 subtests of the Woodcock Reading Mastery Test—Revised. It was concluded that the obtained Cronbach alpha coefficient of .61 was minimal and that the Index of Reading Awareness should be used cautiously as a measure of metacognition in reading. The adequacy of the scale in its present form for measuring metacognition in reading is acceptable if used as a total score and only as one measure of the reading process in a portfolio assessment.