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ERIC Number: ED050916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-21
Pages: 18
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Perceptual-Motor Development and Reading: A Closer Look.
Klesius, Stephen E.
A study was made of the research on perceptual-motor development programs and their effect on reading readiness or reading achievement. The selection of 11 studies was based on specific criteria such as a minimal sample size of 40 subjects, an experimental period of at least 18 weeks, and a pretest post-test research design with experimental and control groups. The studies were divided into those which supported the hypothesis that programs of perceptual-motor development enhance reading readiness or achievement of intellectually able students and those which did not. Three of the five studies supporting the hypothesis were with students who were behind in reading or from a low socioeconomic environment. A summarization of the studies refuting the hypothesis revealed that 83 percent of the studies were with kindergarten or primary-grade children who, in general, were not experiencing learning disabilities. On the basis of this review it was concluded that the hypothesis could be neither confirmed nor denied. The importance of the research may be in specifying the conditions under which perceptual-motor programs are appropriate--that is, for disadvantaged children as a preventive program and for some children with learning disabilities as a remedial program. A bibliography is included. (DH)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the International Reading Association, Atlantic City, N.J., Apr. 19-23, 1971