ERIC Number: ED396246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Reading Comprehension: A Whole Language Effect on Academic Sucess.
Trimble, Hilary Claire
A study examined the effect of whole language philosophy as compared to a more traditional reading program on children's reading comprehension scores. The study included a review of current research indicating the importance of teachers stating the topic prior to reading as well as the importance of students' oral reading ability to assess reading proficiency. The study consisted of questionnaires and interviews of a sample of primary grade teachers. Subjects were eight female teachers of grades 1-4, from a private school. The questionnaire, consisting of 10 statements that the subjects rated on a scale from 1 to 5, posed questions on teachers' individual reading programs and their perceptions of student reading comprehension. Interviews explored the same area of inquiry. Questionnaires and interview results were examined for commonalities and themes. Results indicated the importance of precise reading in increasing overall academic success. Findings suggest that there should be a focus on emphasizing accuracy in reading to provide for success. (Contains 16 references, 1 table of data, and a 2-page questionnaire.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Teacher Surveys
Note: M.S. Thesis, Dominican College of San Rafael.