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ERIC Number: ED155605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 10
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Reference Count: 0
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The Relationship Between Expressed Interests and Reading Achievements in Functionally Illiterate Adults.
Hutchison, Laveria
In order to determine whether lessons addressed to the expressed personal interest of functionally illiterate adult students would improve their reading skills, 40 such students attending an urban adult education center were divided into two reading classes. All were tested on a silent reading subtest of the Adult Basic Learning Examination and all scored lower than 4.0 grade level. The experimental group of 20 adults was given interest-oriented instructional material, and class time included instruction geared to helping each person develop the skills needed to master her or his specific lesson. The control group received traditional instruction. At the end of the fifteen-week period, another subtest of the Adult Basic Learning Examination was administered to both groups. A comparison of pretest and posttest scores indicated that students who used interest-oriented materials recalled information and interpreted word meanings from context better than the students who used the traditional instructional materials. Thus, it may be concluded that there is a need for providing interest-oriented instructional materials to motivate functionally illiterate adults to react positively to instruction. (JF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Study prepared at University of Houston