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New research into reading comprehension could help improve business continuity plan use

Researchers have found that a knowledge threshold may be an essential component of reading comprehension; and this could suggest that people expected to use business continuity plans may need a level of BC understanding before they can effectively use the plan.

The purpose of going to school is to learn, but students may find certain topics difficult to understand if they don't have the necessary background knowledge. This is one of the conclusions of a research article published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

"Background knowledge plays a key role in students' reading comprehension - our findings show that if students don't have sufficient related knowledge, they'll probably have difficulties understanding text," says lead researcher Tenaha O'Reilly of Educational Testing Service (ETS)'s Center for Research on Human Capital in Education. "We also found that it's possible to measure students' knowledge quickly by using natural language processing techniques. If a student scores below the knowledge threshold, they'll probably have trouble comprehending the text."

The research of O'Reilly and ETS colleagues Zuowei Wang and John Sabatini suggests that a knowledge threshold may be an essential component of reading comprehension.

The research could have learning points for business continuity managers, implying that if people who are expected to use business continuity plans do not have a reasonable understanding about business continuity and crisis management they may find it harder to understand the business continuity plan itself.

Awareness raising about business continuity within organizations has always been recognized as important, but the findings of this research may provide further evidence as to why awareness raising should not be just given lip-service.

More details about the research.



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