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ERIC Number: ED082163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 100
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A Comparison of the Diagnostic Systems Approach and Certain Basal Reader Approaches to Teaching Two Reading Comprehension Skills.
Fair, Janet Anne Denton
Two approaches for increasing the ability of 201 fourth graders to determine the main idea and to draw inferences in reading were compared. Three basal programs were used for all instruction with the control group and for all instruction except that for determining main idea and drawing inferences for the experimental group. Inservice programs focused on the use of the Diagnostic Systems Approach for the experimental group teachers and on the lessons in the basal series dealing with the two skills involved for the control group teachers. After 90 days of instruction, no significant difference in gains made by the pupils in the two treatment groups in either of the comprehension skills was found. Boys performed significantly better than girls but more boys than girls of high ability were involved. Placement in individual control classes did not effect results, but placement in individual experimental classes was significant in three cases: the highest achieving class made a positive change in general comprehension; one of the low achieving classes demonstrated a negative change in general comprehension; and another low achieving class demonstrated a negative change in inferential comprehension. (TO)
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