ERIC Number: ED109594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A National Field-Test of Selected Programmed Reading Materials for Undereducated Adults. Center Research Monograph No. 3.
McGuigan, F. J.; And Others
In the summer of 1971, the Adult Learning Center decided to conduct a one-year, research-based field test of programmed instructional materials specifically designed to teach disadvantaged adults to read. The four programs tested for effectiveness were Programmed Reading for Adults, Building Reading Power, Reading Series, and Building Your Language Power. An attempt was made to assess the effectiveness of each program as a function of such student characteristics as intelligence, degree of motivation to study, ethnic group, and whether English was the student's first language. Additionally, students and proctors were asked to evaluate the program each used. The general impression gained from examining the learning data--the primary criterion used--is that none of the programs was positively evaluated on all measures. However, the use of Building Reading Power and Programmed Reading for Adults leads to a satisfactory amount of learning. On the criteria of student evaluations, proctor evaluations, and error rates, only Programmed Reading for Adults may be judged to be a successful program. Complete testing data and detailed descriptions of the study design, results, and conclusions are included in the document. (TO)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Program Evaluation, Programed Instruction, Programed Instructional Materials, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Reading Programs, Reading Research, Student Characteristics, Textbook Evaluation
Adult Learning Center, P.O. Box 5096, North Carolina State Univ. at Raleigh, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607 ($3.00 paper)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Adult Learning Center.