ERIC Number: ED025092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Speed Listening Skill by the Blind as a Function of Training. Final Report.
Grumpelt, Howard R.; Rubin, Ellen
In order to determine whether speed listening practice could improve comprehension of pitch-altered rapid speech, 66 high school students blind since at least age 6 were divided into experimental (E) and control (C) groups, matched on the basis of age (range 15 to 19 years), IQ (range 85 to 130), and pretest comprehension of material presented at normal rates. Using the pitch altering method of speeding up tape recorded material, training was given the E-group at 275 and 300 words per minute (wpm) while the C-group received similar training at the standard 175 wpm level. Subjects were administered two training sessions per day of three trials of taped material (about 875 words each) followed by 10 five-foil multiple choice questions after each trial with a maximum number of 14 sessions. The E-group did significantly better than the C-group on the comprehension posttest administered at 300 wpm (p .001). While a clear cut training effect was obtained, the degree of improvement due to this training (9.4%) was not large. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Washington Coll., Chestertown, MD.