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ERIC Number: ED166665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
An Investigation of the Effect of Sustained Silent Reading on Reading Comprehension Skills and Attitude toward Reading of Urban Secondary School Students.
Reed, Kathleen
Students in 61 English classes at an urban high school participated in an investigation of the effects of sustained silent reading (SSR) on their reading comprehension skills and on their atttiudes toward reading. SSR calls for a systematic structured time in school for students to read books of their choosing without being tested when the reading is completed. The students' reading comprehension was measured by a standardized reading achievement test and their attitudes toward reading by an attitude inventory. They were then randomly assigned to either an experimental (SSR) treatment or to a control treatment. The SSR treatment consisted of four days of traditional classroom procedures and one day of SSR each week. The control treatment consisted of five days weekly of traditional classroom procedures. At the end of the five-and-a-half-month study, the students were again tested. The results showed that there was no statistically significant relationship between treatment and either reading comprehension or attitude toward reading. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (28th, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, November 30-December 2, 1978) ; Best copy available