ERIC Number: ED023395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
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A Comparative Study of a Corrective Reading Program and its Effects on Two Freshmen Reading Groups at Central Oregon Community College.
Taschow, Horst Gerard
This study compared intensive and less intensive corrective reading instruction at the community college level. Group I students received 50 periods of instruction in ten weeks; Group II received theirs in 20 weeks. At the end of instruction, ten additional weeks were given to see if the skills were maintained. The hypothesis that there would be no differences in the total reading performance between the two groups was tested in 70 students, 35 in each group. The findings were: (1) mean differences and the associated t values showed no significant difference at the .05 level of confidence; (2) time, the single differentiating factor in the instruction, did not have a significant influence, although Group II did perform better on the delayed post-test; (3) the instruction made a difference at the .001 level of confidence in reading performance between pre-tests and immediate and delayed post-tests for both groups; and (4) between immediate and delayed post-test scores, Group I showed a significant difference at the .01 level in total reading and at the .05 level in vocabulary; Group II, at the .001 level in vocabulary and total reading and at the .01 level in comprehension. Reading improvement apparently results from teacher and student effort, rather than from the degree of intensity of instruction. It is concluded therefore that, since there is little difference in the results for the two groups, the intensive instruction is preferable, for it enables more students to take the corrective reading courses. (HH)
Descriptors: Comparative Testing, Doctoral Dissertations, Reading Instruction, Remedial Reading, Two Year Colleges
University Microfilms, Inc., P.O. Box 1346, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106.
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Authoring Institution: Oregon State Univ., Corvallis.