ERIC Number: ED067624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Methods of Summer Reading Instruction in Relation to Changing Attitudes and Abilities of Children.
Birlem, Ellen D.
Since many summer reading programs emphasize mechanical reading skills, it was felt that a less orthodox approach to summer reading instruction would yield more information on their relative effect on achievement. The experimenter avoided the usual emphasis on the development of a sequence of skills by devising a program of individualized, high interest, pleasurable prose and compared the affective and academic results of this personalized program with a skills-centered approach to summer reading instruction. One hundred summer school subjects were randomly assigned either to an experimental individualized reading program or to a control skills-oriented program. Attitude and ability were measured in pretests and post tests. It was found that one dependent variable, attitude toward reading, showed significant differences after treatment, favoring the experimental group. It was concluded that the individualized reading program is a desirable and effective method of instruction for a summer reading program. (Author/DI)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Individualized Reading, Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Reading Research, Reading Skills, Sequential Approach, Summer Programs, Summer Schools
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo