ERIC Number: ED034672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug-2
Reference Count: 0
Research on Some Aspects of Comprehension: Rate, Flexibility, and Study Skills.
Harris, Albert J.
An overall survey is made of the relationship between reading comprehension and rate, flexibility, and study skills as shown by research studies, and the following conclusions are drawn. (1) There are mostly positive correlations between rate and comprehension, but the amount depends on the test groups, reading materials, measuring instruments, and reading purposes. (2) Although reading flexibility is desirable, it is not common; however, it can be improved with instruction. (3) Conventional reading programs which stress rate improvement generally produce moderate rate gains with no significant comprehension loss; some new techniques which produce large rate gains result in a significant comprehension loss. (4) Study-type reading skills have been divided into two main kinds: (1) assimilative reading for absorption and memorization and (2) research reading. (5) Exclusive attention to study skills and none to rate often improves scholarship. (6) Specific skills of research reading can be and should be taught to students, because good basic reading skills do not guarantee effective research-type reading. References are included. (NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Div. of Teacher Education.
Note: Prepared for the International Reading Association Second World Congress on Reading, Copenhagen, Denmark, Aug. 2, 1968