ERIC Number: ED169473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Effects of a Program of Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) on Reading Achievement and Attitude toward Reading in Intermediate Grades. Final Report.
Summers, Edward G.
A study of 1,242 children in 20 fifth, sixth, and seventh grade classes in Richmond, British Columbia, was undertaken over a seven-month period to discover the effects of a sustained silent reading program (SSR) on the students. Ten classes and the four schools they were in participated in the SSR group and ten classes selected from five other schools judged to be comparable in terms of teaching staff characteristics, student ability, socioeconomic level, type of instructional program, reading achievement and general achievement, attitude toward school, library facilities, and home environment made up the comparison group. Pretest results indicated that scores fell across the entire range of reading achievement and attitude level with good initial equivalency between the two groups. It was found that neither reading nor attitude scores were affected by the treatment. Neither was any effect found for grade level or sex differences between the two groups. It was suggested that perhaps better modelling by the teachers in the SSR group might have created a greater effect, a longer treatment period might have changed the results, and different measures might have shown different results. (TJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Report prepared at the University of British Columbia; A number of pages in the appendixes were removed due to copyright restrictions ; May be marginally legible due to some small print