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ERIC Number: ED016569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Pages: 1
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CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES PERTAINING TO READING RATE.
BERGER, ALLEN
CONFLICTING VIEWS CONCERNING READING RATE ARE PRESENTED. THE CLAIMS MADE BY PROPONENTS OF DIFFERENT METHODS OR PROGRAMS AND THE USE OF MECHANICAL DEVICES TO INCREASE READING RATE ARE MAJOR ISSUES. CLAIMS ARE MADE THAT MOST EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES ARE MERELY DESCRIPTIVE STUDIES, AND THAT OTHERS LACK PILOT STUDIES AND ADEQUATE CONTROL GROUPS. RELATED TO THESE PROBLEMS IS THE MEASUREMENT OF READING RATE AND THE INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS. SOME INVESTIGATORS SUGGEST THAT READING RATE SHOULD BE CORRELATED WITH COMPREHENSION. OTHERS RECOMMEND THE RESIDUAL GAINS METHOD, AND STILL OTHERS URGE COUNTING SYLLABLES. THE NEED FOR AN ACCEPTABLE DEFINITION OF READING RATE IS MAJOR, SINCE THE DEFINITION DETERMINES HOW THE SKILL WILL BE MEASURED. OTHER PROBLEMS ARE -- (1) THE EFFECT OF PERSONALITY INTERACTION, OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, OF OPERANT CONDITIONING, (2) THE MERITS OF EACH TECHNIQUE OR PROGRAM ASIDE FROM INCREASING READING RATE, (3) FOLLOWUP STUDIES, (4) WHEN INSTRUCTION ON READING RATE SHOULD BEGIN, (5) PREDICTION, AND (6) THE PROBLEM OF COMPREHENSION AND FLEXIBILITY. AN EXTENSIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY IS INCLUDED. THIS PAPER WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE 1967 YEARBOOK OF THE NATIONAL READING CONFERENCE. (NS)
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Identifiers: ILLINOIS; Illinois (Carbondale); SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY