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ERIC Number: ED049225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 244
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The Effect of Compressed Speech on Reading and Listening Abilities of Sixth-Grade Children.
Reiland, Mary Luke
The major purpose of this study was to investigate the potential usefulness of compressed speech as a reading improvement technique. It was hypothesized that reading comprehension, reading rate, and listening ability would show improvement when highly speeded auditory presentations of connected meaningful material were employed systematically over a period of time. Boys and girls (N=428) in 21 classrooms in New Jersey were randomly assigned to one of three experimental treatment groups: one which read and listened simultaneously to stories compressed at increasingly faster word rates, one which listened to the same stories at the same word rates, and one which simply read the stories. Pre- and post-measuring instruments included SRA Tests of General Ability, Form A, the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests, Surveys D and E, and the STEP Listening Test, 4A and 4B. Findings showed no statistically significant differences among the three experimental treatments on any of the measured dependent variables. Similarly, the performance of subjects in the high, average, and low intelligence classifications in each experimental group did not change significantly. No one method of training was found to be more effective for improving reading comprehension, reading speed and accuracy, or listening ability of subjects in this study. (Author/DD)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey