The Effects of Webpage Navigation on Digital Reading Performance

By Pou-seong Sit, Kwok-cheung Cheung, Wai-cheong Cheong and Soi-kei Mak.

Published by The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation

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Nineteen OECD and partner economies participated in the PISA 2009 Digital Reading Literacy Study. Drawing data from this sample survey, this study seeks to examine from a comparative education perspective the efficiency and effectiveness of webpage navigation on digital reading performance. First, the webpages of an exemplary test item and the associated scoring guide are analyzed to elucidate the significance of efficient and effective webpage navigation in order to score high marks in the assessment. Second, the authors make use of the three webpage navigation indicators developed and validated by the PISA 2009 Consortium to measure the student webpage navigation behaviors during the assessment. Third, non-linear multiple regression analyses are undertaken across the economies to examine: (1) whether the relationships of the three webpage navigation indicators with student digital reading performance are linear or not, and (2) the proportion of digital reading variance that can be explained by the webpage navigation indicators. By examining the domain and shape of the graph of the “navigation-performance” relationships, lights are thrown on the efficiency and effectiveness of digital reading webpage navigation behaviors of the students of the participating economies. Implications of the study are discussed for PISA’s digital reading assessment in the future.

Keywords: Digital Reading, Webpage Navigation, PISA

International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation, Volume 20, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.23-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 19, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.041MB)).

Dr. Pou-seong Sit

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Macau, Macao, China, Macao Special Administrative Region of China

I am assistant professor serving at University of Macau. My research interest is assessment of reading in early childhood education.

Prof. Kwok-cheung Cheung

Director, Educational Testing and Assessment Research Centre, University of Macau, Macao, China, Macao Special Administrative Region of China

Dr. Kwok-cheung Cheung is a professor of curriculum and instruction in the Faculty of Education of the University of Macau. He is the director of the Educational Testing and Assessment Research Centre, and the national project manager of the Macao-China PISA studies. His research interests are on measurement and evaluation, as well as modeling of educational data.

Wai-cheong Cheong

PhD Student, Faculty of Education, University of Macau, Macao Special Administrative Region of China

Dr. Soi-kei Mak

PhD, Faculty of Education, University of Macau, Taipa, Macao, Macao Special Administrative Region of China

My area of research is in gender differences in reading proficiency.