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ERIC Number: ED074471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 101
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The Effect of a Reading Improvement Program Upon Academic Achievement in College.
Herman, James Edward
The purpose of this study was to determine what effects an intensive six-week college reading improvement program would have on students' reading rates, reading comprehension, and cumulative quality point ratio (CQPR) over a fourteen-month period of time. The population consisted of 40 matched pairs of undergraduate students at the University of Connecticut, randomly chosen from students who wished to enroll in the reading improvement program. The major techniques taught were: (1) SQ3R method study, (2) pre-reading, (3) marginal reading, (4) key-word reading, and (5) space reading. Classes met twice weekly for a total of 24 hours. Pre, post, and follow-up (fourteen months after the program) testing was conducted for reading comprehension and speed using the Nelson-Denny Reading Test. CQPRs for the two groups were compared for three semesters. The reading improvement program did significantly affect the reading comprehension, speed, and CQPR of college students over a fourteen-month period. Increases in reading skills were retained over time. Semester increases in CQPR noted for the experimental group suggest that these students earned substantially better grades than the controls each semester from the time they entered the program. (Author/TO)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Connecticut