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ERIC Number: ED073418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 14
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A Content Approach to Reading Skill Development for Special Admit Freshmen in a Four Year College.
Swalm, James; Cox, Gordon
Reading programs for special admit college students were developed and included 13 skills: reading for main ideas and supporting details, noting sequence and development of main ideas and supporting details, developing flexibility in reading, underlining, summarizing, synthesis of several sources, critical reading, comparison and contrast of ideas, note taking, study reading techniques, preparation and taking of exams, development of research and term papers, and organization for study. In selecting the content for the course, articles and books were analyzed for interest level, the skills needed for understanding, and the skills that could be illustrated and taught through the material. The readability level for all the material was also determined. An evaluation of the program was conducted by comparing the pre- and posttest results of the comprehension section of the Nelson-Denny Reading Test. The results indicated the students improved between pre- and posttesting. Group 1, the slower moving strand, improved an average of over two and one-half years, and group 2 showed an improvement of over three years. This growth was significantly more than normally expected for a semester's course in reading improvement. (WR)
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Note: Paper presented at the National Reading Conference Convention, Tampa, Florida, 1971