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ERIC Number: ED056827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 8
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Increasing Rate of Comprehension Among Community College Students.
Fields, Johanna H.
The extent to which increases in reading efficiency are attributable to a reading laboratory program was investigated. The experimental group consisted of all students enrolled in developmental reading and study skills laboratory programs at the Community College of Allegheny County, Boyce Campus. The two control groups were students enrolled in English composition courses. Neither group had participated in a class in efficient reading. Control A emphasized theme writing and some readings in literature; control B emphasized the reading of literature and combined this with some theme writing. Alternate forms of the Craig test were scored for rate and comprehension and computed to give efficiency. An interval of 6 weeks elapsed between pretesting and post-testing. Consideration was given to the problem of IQ and student motivation contributing to reading efficiency gains. Results showed that the experimental group averaged an increase of 48 percent in efficiency, while controls A and B averaged increases of 8 percent and 33 percent, respectively. The experimental group was initially the least efficient among the three groups, but ended with the highest average efficiency. The author concluded that it is advisable to place students in a reading laboratory program when they enroll in English courses emphasizing writing. (AW)
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