ERIC Number: ED109650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Functional Reading Study; Project 1: Targeted Research & Development Reading Program Objective, Sub-parts 1, 2, and 3. Final Report with Appendixes A, B, and C.
Murphy, Richard T.
The purpose of this project, begun in July 1970, was to learn what American adults read, and what they are able to read, as they go about their ordinary activities in the course of a normal day. A national survey of the reading activities of adults was administered to 5,096 individuals. Some conclusions drawn from the survey data are as follows: the average person reads for almost two hours in a typical day; most of the time is spent reading newspapers, magazines, books, and job-related matter; 5 percent of all adults cannot read in the English language; and an individual's style of life, as represented by socioeconomic status, is related to his or her reading habits. Data are given on the percentage of readers performing a specific reading activity, the socioeconomic status of those readers, the average time spent performing the task, and the importance placed on the task. A national reading performance survey, consisting of 170 reading tasks, was constructed, and portions were administered to 7,866 adults. Items were intended to correspond to the ordinary reading tasks identified in the survey of reading habits. Data on specific task performance are presented. (MKM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.