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ERIC Number: ED109613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 138
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The Effect of the Distar Reading Program on Selected Disadvantaged Children in South Dakota.
Westcott, Jane Reynolds
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the Distar reading program on the reading achievement of fifth-grade students in three schools on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Distar programs were developed to help overcome some of the problems of disadvantaged children. The program is a highly structured one, designed to compensate for the language and reading problems of these children. Several tests were used to determine the effectiveness of the Distar reading program, including a diagnostic reading test, a reading comprehension test, and a self-concept test. The results showed that pupils in a larger mixed-population center exhibited greater reading comprehension and a larger vocabulary than pupils in more remote Indian communities, whether they learned to read in the Distar program or not; Distar pupils in a larger community also showed a greater facility in syllabication than the Distar pupils in the smaller Indian communities; Distar pupils showed less reading comprehension, a smaller vocabulary, and poorer sound discrimination than non-Distar pupils; and there was a positive correlation between reading achievement and self-concept for all pupils in all schools. (Author/TS)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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