ERIC Number: ED119172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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The Problem of Children Learning to Read in a Fluent, Continuous Manner.
Schwarz, Peggy M.
The purpose of this project was to design and implement an approach to learning to read which concentrated on reading for fluency rather than on phonetic skills methodology. Thirty-four fifth grade children in a school in a lower middle class neighborhood participated in the program. Children were told they could select and read any book in the class library. During an hour long period, the children read silently, but they were encouraged to ask about words they did not know and the teacher was expected to give them immediate feedback so that the children could continue their reading in a fluent, continuous manner. Overall, the results were positive. Reading achievement, as measured by a standardized test, improved significantly, and children rePorted going to the library more often. Parent's perception of their children's attitudes towards reading changed positively as did the teacher's. It is concluded that this project helped children to read in a fluent, continuous manner. (Author/TS)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Elementary Education, Individual Reading, Language Fluency, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Reading Programs, Reading Research
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Massachusetts; Project in New York City public school