ERIC Number: ED158243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of the Summer Vacation on Reading Retention.
Perez, Samuel A.
To assess the effect of summer vacation on the overall reading ability of first through fifth graders, as measured by norm-referenced and criterion-referenced reading tests, a study was conducted involving 84 children. In the spring testing, the researcher administered the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test, Form 1, and the Wisconsin Tests of Reading Skill Development, Form 1, the last two weeks prior to summer vacation. In the fall testing, Form 2 of the same tests was given. A summer activities questionnaire was administered to exclude children who had received reading instruction during the summer. Three hypotheses were formulated: (1) there is no difference between spring and fall mean scores of the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test; (2) there is no difference between spring and fall variance scores on the Gates-MacGinitie; (3) there is no difference in the spring and fall mean scores measured by the Wisconsin Tests of Reading Skill Development. Hypotheses one and two were accepted, and three was accepted with qualifications. The results suggest that no significant loss in reading ability occurs over the summer vacation; therefore, teachers using objective-based reading programs need not conduct massive retesting or reteaching in the fall. (Tables of findings are included.) (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Summer Vacations
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (23rd, Houston, Texas, May 1-5, 1978)