The short re-elaboration of a text is one of the main processes for reading comprehension. However, in the Italian scientific literature, tools are not widespread to measure the practice of this competence, nor to support its development and improvement in university students. In order to hypothesize a didactic model to help university students monitor their own capacity of reassuming and the development of comprehension and summarizing, it is fundamental to use self-assessment tools that allow the early identification of linguistic-communicative difficulties. This paper reports the results of a study on capacity of reassuming. The research is carried out with 416 students attending to Primary Education Degree Course at the University of Palermo. The data analysis reveals the potentially of the tool used, which may support other existing tools for reading comprehension. It is an exploratory research and it aims to provide possible indications for a subsequent training intervention for the development of summarizing ability.
Keywords: Reading comprehension, linguistic-communicative difficulties, university, summarizing ability, self-assessment