ERIC Number: ED027175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Assessing Skimming and Science Skills Improvement.
Maxwell, Martha J.
A program for skimming and scanning improvement was developed from college textbook material selected from social sciences, science, and essays and included a section on scanning bibliographies and indexes. Four types of exercises were written for each selection: skimming for the main idea, scanning for details, scanning for words and phrases, and general comprehension for more intensive reading. Finalized forms of the program were tested on students enrolled in rapid reading classes and on students working in an individualized reading laboratory. The findings indicated (1) that many students could not locate main ideas quickly; (2) that students preferred to scan for details rather than skim for major points; (3) that rapid scanning speeds were associated with higher accuracy; and (4) that students would not skim and scan unless they were frantically pushed for time. The student's set or attitude was also found to be a crucial factor. References are included. (Author/CM)
Descriptors: College Programs, Reading Improvement, Reading Programs, Reading Rate, Reading Skills, Research Reviews (Publications), Study Skills
National Reading Conference 1968 Yearbook
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Note: Paper presented at National Reading Conference, Los Angeles, Dec. 5-7, 1968.