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ERIC Number: ED078373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
Pages: 174
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The Effectiveness of Reading Speed Instruction in Grades Two, Four, Six, and Eight.
Kimberly, Marion C.
To determine the effectiveness of one method of rate training in grades two, four, six, and eight, four classes of pupils in each of the four grades studied were assigned randomly to experimental or control treatments: two classes were given 20 lessons each of rate training, one control class was given instruction emphasizing comprehension, and the other control class at each grade level was given only the appropriate level of the Gates-MacGinitie Speed and Accuracy and Comprehension Tests and an informal test of rate in words per minute followed by a ten-question comprehension quiz. The latter tests were based on selections and quizzes from the "Controlled Reader Study Guides," which were also the principal materials used for instruction, each grade using the booklet intended for one grade below its level. Results showed significant differences in the post-test mean raw scores on the Gates-MacGinitie Speed and Accuracy Tests at the eighth grade level only. On the informal speed test, however, significant differences appeared at all four grade levels, indicating effectiveness of the rate instruction as measured by a test similar to the instruction. All of the experimental groups more than doubled their reading speed, while control groups showed little or not increase in speed. (Author/MF)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey