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ERIC Number: ED031367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Pages: 12
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Studies in Visual Perception and Reading in Disadvantaged Children.
Cohen, S. Alan
Two studies were carried out to measure the difficulties in visual perception which affect the reading abilities of disadvantaged children. The first study involved children in the first grades of eight poverty-area schools. Results reinforced earlier findings that urban disadvantaged children scored poorly on tests of visual perception. Perceptual training programs did not appear to have much positive effect. A second study using high school students found that visual perception and intelligence test scores were highly correlated, indicating overlap of behavior tapped. Results of these and other studies led to the conclusions that, since correlations existed between visual perception and intelligence test measures, visual perception training might raise intelligence test scores but not necessarily reading scores. Also, while some children need perceptual training, this should not be substituted for reading readiness measures and methods. References are included. (MD)
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Note: Paper presented at the 12th annual meeting of the College Reading Association, Boston, Mass., March 13-15, 1969.