ERIC Number: ED082121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Quantification of Contributions Made by Various Reading Instrument Combinations to the Reading Process.
Mathis, William; Senter, Donald R.
This study involved a direct comparison of existing instrument techniques to determine how each technique adds to a total reading program. Also studied was the order in which various techniques are best used in a program. The subjects were 60 students who were enrolled in a two-year academic center preparing students for employment in both agriculture and business-related fields. Experimental groups were formed utilizing the following combinations: (1) Skimmer and Novel; (2) Tach-X and Novel; (3) Controlled Reader and Novel; (4) Controlled Reader and Tach-X; (5) Controlled Reader , Novel, and Tach-X; and (6) Controlled Reader, Skimmer, and Novel. After the subjects had been assigned to groups and times had been scheduled, subjects were instructed in the technique to be used in their group. The groups met four times a week for 55-minute sessions for a period of ten weeks in individual reading rooms prepared for their program. The same teacher and reading aide supervised all phases of the program. The major results indicated: (1) the increase in reading rates over time was significant; (2) the learning combination showing greatest learning progress was the Controlled Reader, Skimmer, and Novel combination; and (3) the increase in reading over time was least significant when the Skimmer or Tach-X was the only instrument used during the first six weeks of instruction. (WR)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Developmental Labs., Inc., New York, NY. Research Dept.