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ERIC Number: ED058017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Pages: 7
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Measuring Degree and Rate of Visual Awareness in Rapid Reading on Television.
Schale, Florence
This study was based on the assumption that the average person should be able to grasp 14 words of pica type within the span of a half dollar. During the weekly Rapid Reading series, a cooperative venture of CBS-TV and the Northwestern University, a tachistoscopic challenge was presented to the audience. The training in rapid reading came through projecting articles on television, paragraph by paragraph at increasing rates, then asking comprehension questions according to the Reinforced Reading method. The tachistoscopic challenge was used to measure rate and degree of visual awareness up to 14 words in a circular span at 1/50 second. The first 15 people who responded to the feedback appeal averaged a circular span of seven words at 1/50 second. Those who returned progress charts from the self-instructing television workbook averaged 939 words per minute with 79 percent comprehension while reading ninth-grade level materials. The author found the results consistent with the theory that rapid reading training does increase visual awareness of larger spans of print, and that the processing rates can be accelerated without loss of comprehension. However, no definite conclusions were drawn, and further study was recommended. References are included. (AW)
National Reading Conference, Inc., Marquette University, 1217 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wis. 53233
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Note: Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 1971