ERIC Number: ED050501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Report of an Experiment in the Teaching of Reading to Adolescent Trainable Retarded.
Santin, Sylvia E.
An experiment to teach the adolescent trainable mentally handicapped child to read was conducted in four schools for the trainable mentally handicapped. Six to eight children were selected from each school to make up a reading class. Classes, held for approximately one year, used a programed reading kit that emphasized phonics as a foundation for reading. Reading level was tested before and after the experiment. Post test scores were felt to show considerable increases in nearly all cases. It was noted that the reading classes had improved the students' ability to recognize Protective Vocabulary words which were taught in the regular classroom. Improvement in the childrens' self confidence was also noted. It was felt that assessment of children should be primarily in terms of learning attitudes rather than IQ, that children in schools for the retarded should be exposed to reading readiness programs, that the reading program should aim to introduce fundamental skills involving phonics, and that the teaching approach should be of a concrete nature and carefully programed so that the child can move with confidence from step to step. (CD)
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Sponsor: Ontario Association for the Mentally Retarded, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: Guelph Univ. (Ontario).