Analytic and pragmatic factors in college students' metacognitive reading strategies

Roman Taraban, Marcel Kerr, Kimberly Rynearson

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The present study describes the development and validation of a self-report instrument that is designed to measure college students' use of reading strategies for comprehension and for studying while reading school-related materials. Principal components analysis (PCA) of an initial sample (n = 575) of college students showed that the Metacognitive Reading Strategies Questionnaire (MRSQ) measured two constructs: analytic cognitions aimed at reading comprehension, and pragmatic behaviors aimed at studying and academic performance. Cross-validation of the constructs with a second sample (n = 574) revealed that the MRSQ demonstrates high validity and internal reliability, simple and stable structure, and meaningful interpretability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-81
Number of pages15
JournalReading Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2004


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