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ERIC Number: ED097657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Reading Skill Retention.
Rude, Robert L.
There is mixed evidence regarding the ability of students to retain reading ability over long, non-instructional periods such as the summer recess. In some instances there are significant losses in reading ability, while in other cases the losses fail to reach significance. However, in some cases, such as with basic visual discrimination tasks, gains may actually be made over the summer. The degree to which reading ability is retained may be directly related to the skill being assessed. General reading ability such as vocabulary and comprehension skills may be more apt to change over the summer than would be specific reading skills such as the ability to learn beginning consonants, short vowels, or compound words. Conflicting data make the role of intelligence in retention of reading ability unclear. Tn some instances it seems to be a significant factor while in other cases it seems to have a non-significant relationship. The sex of the student appears to have no significant relationship to the retention of reading ability over the summer. We must be careful to articulate what is meant when talking about reading ability, using the most appropriate statistical techniques to answer the questions of skill retention. (WR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (19th, New Orleans, May 1-4, 1974)