ERIC Number: ED038257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
Speed and Power of Reading in High School.
Holmes, Jack A.; Singer, Harry
The major focus of this investigation was concerned with discovering differences in the substrata-factor patterns which underlie speed and/or power of reading in various known groups: boys versus girls, bright versus dull, fast versus slow readers, and powerful versus nonpowerful readers. Subjects were 211 boys and 189 girls selected at random from the summer school population of the University of California Demonstration Secondary School. The 54 independent variables consisted of group-administered paper and pencil tests selected or constructed for the purpose of assessing areas which might bear a meaningful relationship to the criteria. Main areas assessed for the independent variables included mental abilities, linguistic abilities, verbal perception, listening comprehension, music ability and appreciation, academic attitudes and habits, interests, emotional-social problems, and chronological age. A substrata-factor analysis, a centroid-factor analysis, and separate treatment of the total group were performed. Results indicated that while reading ability is a composite of speed and power, beyond certain basic skills, different students may draw upon different factors to achieve reading success. Charts, tables, appendixes, and references are included. (WB)
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, High School Students, Models, Reading Comprehension, Reading Development, Reading Processes, Reading Rate, Reading Research, Reading Skills
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (FS5.230:30016, $0.70)
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Authoring Institution: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.