Reading Competencies of Fourth-Grade Students: Comparing Print and Hypertext Literacies
Andreas Voss, Inge Blatt, Wilfried Bos, Martin Goy, Lena Kraska, Michael Pfeifer
This text presents an outline of research and publications on two
studies comparing print and hypertext literacy of fourth-grade
students. This set of studies, entitled Reading at the Computer
(RaC), consists of two consecutive assessments: a pilot study
(RaC–2001), conducted in 2001 as a supplement to the Progress
in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS–2001), and an
advanced study (RaC–2003), conducted in 2003 in the context of
the first cycle of a longitudinal assessment in the Federal State of
Hamburg, called Kompetenzen und Einstellungen von
Schülerinnen und Schülern – Jahrgangsstufe 4 (KESS–4) 1 .
KESS–4 applied, among other instruments, some of the tests and
background questionnaires from PIRLS–2001.