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ERIC Number: ED086999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 513
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The Development and Evaluation of a Reading Program Designed to Improve Specific Skills in Reading a Newspaper.
Wardell, Patricia Murray
The purpose of this study was to increase students' ability to locate specific information and to distinguish between facts and opinions, major ideas and minor details, and favorable and unfavorable statements in reading a newspaper. A workbook containing a minimum of ten exercises, a mastery skill sheet, and six supplementary exercises in each skill was prepared. In the various phases of this study 1220 students participated. The final phase was comprised of 300 ninth grade students. Standardized tests administered were: Otis-Lennon Mental Ability Test--Form J; California Reading Test, Junior High Level--Forms W and Y; and Watson-Glasner Critical Thinking Appraisal--Forms YM and ZM. Some of the conclusions and implications based on the findings were: students' proficiency in distinguishing between facts and opinions and between major ideas and minor details and their total newspaper reading ability is increased through classroom use of materials based on actual newspaper writings; student in ninth grade exhibit proficiency in the skill of locating information; and students with high intelligence and low socioeconomic level, and students with low intelligence and high socioeconomic level seem to benefit most from instruction in newspaper reading skills. (Author/WR)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Boston University School of Education