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ERIC Number: ED040023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 13
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Two Gifted Rapid Readers--Preliminary Study.
Schale, Florence C.
The "page-at-a-glance" reading phenomenon in two gifted readers using only monocular vision was investigated. The specific questions to be answered in this preliminary study were (1) What is the average duration of fixations made by gifted readers while reading a somewhat familiar article? and (2) What degree of comprehension on materials of general interest can be obtained during phenomenal rates of reading? Subjects were a 15-year-old Filipina and a 12-year-old American girl who had received instruction in rapid reading. Both successful and unsuccessful reading behavior of each in the test situation was observed by a group of reading experts. In the test situation, the 15-year-old girl read a 6,000 word essay from Brown's "Efficient Reading" at a rate of 80,000 words per minute with 100 percent comprehension. The 12-year-old girl attained a rate of 54,825 words per minute with 90 percent comprehension on a more difficult essay. While reading, the eye movements of only the subject's right eye were recorded with the photo-electric mystagmographic instrument (PENG). Each subject grasped both columns of a page in one vertical fixation, apparently focusing her right eye near the center of the page. Further testing with these and other subjects is planned. References are included. (Author/CM)
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