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ERIC Number: ED063574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Pages: 13
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A University Reading and Study Skills Program for High-Risk Students.
Harshbarger, Mary
A Ball State University course begun in December 1968 is designed to strengthen and improve the reading and study skills of 50 "directed admission" freshmen: students who have earned low SAT scores and poor high school grades. Prior to the experiment their college attrition rate had been 90%. During the first year large group techniques were used in directing exercises in vocabulary development, critical reading, and grammar fundamentals. Small group work became possible in the second year with the addition of a graduate assistant who gave considerable help to the poorest readers. The difficulty of motivating more nearly "average" students prompted complete individualization of instruction during the third year, while the fourth year featured structuring of the grading system and institution of student records of daily progress. Data indicate that significant improvement occurred during the first and third years in vocabulary, comprehension, and total reading achievement; statistically non-significant positive changes occurred during the second year. The attrition rate for students enrolled in the experimental program is 48%. (RD)
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Identifiers: Ball State University IN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of International Reading Assn. (17th, Detroit, May 10-13, 1972)