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ERIC Number: ED103808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
A Study of Personalized and Prescriptive Individualized Reading Methods in Two-Year Colleges.
Henderson, Mary Ann
The purpose of this study was to determine which of two individualized teaching techniques, personalized or prescriptive, was more effective in favorably changing reading rate, vocabulary, comprehension, and total reading interest scores of students enrolled in reading improvement classes in three Oklahoma community and junior colleges. The personalized method emphasized student goal setting, self-selection of a variety of materials and techniques for accomplishing these goals, and verbal interaction between the students and instructor. The prescriptive approach stressed preestablished learning prescriptions based on diagnostic findings, the use of reading laboratory materials and machines, and minimal verbal interchanges between the students and instructor. Students were randomly assigned to one of the two experimental groups. The findings supported the rationale for the implementation of individualized instructional practices with two-year college students voluntarily enrolled in reading improvement classes. The methods employed brought about significant gains in the investigated reading achievement subskills and in reading interest. There was no significant interaction between the methods of instruction and the investigated variables. (WR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (5th, Phoenix, Arizona, January 23-25, 1975)