ERIC Number: ED050892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Research and Development Program on Reading.
Spache, George D.
The author quotes the statement that the primary goal of the Research and Development Program on Reading is to "produce functional reading competence on the part of all persons reading age 10." In evaluating this goal, he considers it to be questionable for several reasons. First, there is no high correlation between reading ability at the age of 10 and ultimate academic success. Second, fourth-grade reading ability is not sufficient for most adult reading tasks, thus the standard is not realistic. Studies of Dale, Gray, and Ojeman demonstrated that adults with less than fifth-grade schooling tended to regress in reading ability, while those with more than 5 years tended to maintain or improve. They also observed a low relationship between the last school grade attended and reading ability as an adult. Third, there is a conflict between the goal and the proposed research. The goal is the production of functional literacy for all the population, but the research will concern itself with inventing a new way of teaching developmental reading that will function only up to the fourth grade. And finally, the program also faces the problem of inventing an omnipotent method of instruction effective for all the school population. References are included. (AW)
Descriptors: Conference Reports, Developmental Reading, Federal Programs, Illiteracy, Instructional Improvement, Literacy Education, Program Evaluation, Reading Ability, Reading Programs, Teaching Methods
Twentieth Yearbook of the National Reading Conference, Inc., Marquette University, Center for Reading Services, Milwaukee, Wis. 53233 (In press)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, St. Petersburg, Fla., Dec. 3-5, 1970