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ERIC Number: ED074453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
Pages: 10
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Teaching Educationally Disadvantaged Adults to Read.
Schnell, Thomas R.
This study compares the effectiveness of two approaches to teaching survival reading skills to 50 semi-literate adults. One group was given reading instruction from high interest-low vocabulary reading materials at appropriate levels of difficulty according to their results on the Gray Oral Reading Test, Form A. The second group was given reading instruction in materials selected because of their frequency of use in daily activities, such as newspapers, magazines, forms for welfare payments, driver's licenses, appliance warranties, and job applications with no attention given to the readability level of any of the materials. Following four months of small group tutoring three times a week, both groups were retested with Form B of the Gray Oral and were administered a questionnaire to assess their feelings about the program and how much they felt it helped them. The second group made significant gains on the post-test and also had more positive feelings about the program. Findings indicated that increases in performance were more closely related to motivation than to instructional materials. (Author/TO)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association (18th, Denver, Colorado, May 1-4, 1973)