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ERIC Number: ED015856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Pages: 4
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CAN FIFTH GRADE PUPILS BENEFIT FROM AN ADULT RAPID READING METHOD.
SCHALE, FLORENCE
FIFTEEN FIFTH GRADERS FROM SCHOOLS IN MCHENRY, ILLINOIS, TOOK PART IN A STUDY TO DETERMINE WHETHER FIFTH-GRADE CHILDREN WITH AVERAGE READING ABILITY WOULD INCREASE THEIR READING RATES WITHOUT LOSS OF COMPREHENSION WHILE USING AN ADULT RAPID-READING METHOD. SIXTEEN O. HENRY-TYPE STORIES RANGING FROM THIRD- TO SIXTH-GRADE LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY WERE USED WITH THE "REINFORCED READING METHOD." THE STORIES WERE READ IN CLASS ON THE SHADOWSCOPE AND ON PACERS, AND THEN WERE TAKEN HOME FOR FURTHER PRACTICE. THE 50-MINUTE SESSION MET ONCE A WEEK FOR 5 WEEKS. PRETEST AND POST-TEST RESULTS AND RESPONSES TO THE 10 QUESTIONS WHICH FOLLOWED EACH OF THE STORIES WERE EVALUATED ON LITERAL AND CRITICAL COMPREHENSION LEVELS. THIS EVALUATION REVEALED THAT THE SUBJECTS DOUBLED THEIR READING RATES WITHOUT LOSS OF COMPREHENSION WHILE USING THE "REINFORCED READING METHOD." THIS PILOT STUDY SUGGESTS THE NEED FOR GIVING MORE ATTENTION TO READING RATE IN THE INTERMEDIATE GRADES AND THAT THEORIES TRADITIONALLY USED IN COLLEGE AND ADULT-LEVEL READING INSTRUCTION SHOULD BE EXPLORED TO DETERMINE THEIR VALUE TO ELEMENTARY READING INSTRUCTION. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE NATIONAL READING CONFERENCE (TAMPA, NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2, 1967). (NS)
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Identifiers: Northwestern University IL