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ERIC Number: ED003080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 62
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INFLUENCE OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF MENTAL AGE AND READING.
ROBBINS, MELVYN P.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO MEASURE THE EFFECTS ON THE INTELLECTUAL, MATHEMATICAL, AND READING DEVELOPMENT OF RETARDED READERS RESULTING FROM TWO PROGRAMS--(1) A PROGRAM BASED ON DELACATO'S NEUROLOGICAL THEORY THAT AN INDIVIDUAL'S PERFORMANCE ABILITIES (SUCH AS READING) ARE FUNCTIONALLY RELATED TO HIS ANATOMICAL PROGRESS, AND (2) A NONSPECIFIC PROGRAM INTENDED TO INDUCE THE HAWTHORNE EFFECT. THREE GROUPS, OF APPROXIMATELY 50 CHILDREN EACH, PARTICIPATED IN THE STUDY. IN ADDITION TO THEIR REGULAR READING, MEMBERS OF THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP WERE GIVEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES INTENDED TO ENHANCE NEUROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION AND CONSEQUENTLY TO ELIMINATE READING DIFFICULTIES. A PROGRAM OF VARIED ACTIVITIES WAS ADDED TO THE READING PROGRAM OF THE SECOND GROUP, WHILE THE CONTROL GROUP CONTINUED THE REGULAR READING PROGRAM. RESULTS OF THE STUDY DID NOT SUPPORT THE CONTENTION THAT THE ADDITION OF ACTIVITIES INTENDED TO PROMOTE NEUROLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT WOULD ENHANCE READING DEVELOPMENT, AND DID NOT SUPPORT THE CONTENTION THAT READING CAN BE USED AS A CLINICAL INDEX OF THE QUALITY OF NEUROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION, WHICH WAS MEASURED IN THIS STUDY BY CREEPING AND LATERALITY. IN ADDITION, NO EVIDENCE OF OPERATION OF THE HAWTHORNE EFFECT WAS FOUND. NEITHER THE EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM NOR THE NONSPECIFIC PROGRAM PRODUCED ANY IMPROVEMENT IN READING, MATHEMATICS OR INTELLIGENCE. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver.; Chicago Univ., IL.
Identifiers: British Columbia (Victoria); Canada; DELACATO:S NEUROLOGICAL ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY; ILLINOIS; Illinois (Chicago); VANCOUVER