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ERIC Number: ED067653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 136
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An Analysis of a Reading Rate Improvement Program in Grades Two, Four, and Six.
Thomas, Sylvia Louise
The problem of this study was concerned with instruction in reading rate acceleration and the effects upon comprehension. Correlates of reading achievement, sex, IQ, age, and interest were also considered. A six-week reading rate training program was completed by the three experimental classes randomly selected in each of grades two, four, and six in Havre, Montana, schools. Standardized pre-tests and post-tests of reading rate and comprehension were administered to the nine experimental classes and nine control classes, involving 407 students. Results indicated that pupils in the grade two experimental group made a significant gain in comprehension following six weeks of reading rate training. Variation of age within the second grade experimental group showed an inverse relationship to comprehension gain. In grade four the experimental group evidenced both a rate and comprehension gain significant at the five percent level of significance. When the groups were equated on the variable of IQ, the significant differences on rate and comprehension in grades two and four remained. None of these differences appeared to be differentiated by the sex variable or affected by the interest factor during the rate training period. (Author/WR)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Montana State University