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ERIC Number: ED031380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Pages: 11
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Improving Flexibility Through Skimming and Scanning Training.
Maxwell, Martha J.
The rationale and techniques for developing skimming and scanning skills with college students are discussed, and it is noted that perfecting these skills involves changing some basic attitudes towards reading such as the ideas that one needs to read every word and that increasing speed decreases comprehension. Lengthy passages in regular college texts were chosen as effective materials to develop skimming and scanning skills, and exercises were developed for skimming for main ideas and for scanning for details and/or specific words or phrases. Techniques for improving skimming and scanning skills which include controlling the amount of time spent on exercises, analyzing the author's organization, and reading the first and last paragraphs are briefly presented. Preliminary studies indicated that including skimming and scanning training in short rapid-reading courses resulted in increased rate gains and that it may produce more flexible readers. References are included. (RT)
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Note: Paper presented at the International Reading Association Conference, Kansas City, Mo., April 30-May 3, 1969.