ERIC Number: ED182742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
The Reading Abilities of College Students--After Fifty Years.
Eurich, Alvin C.
The Minnesota Reading Examination for College Students and the Minnesota Speed of Reading Test were administered to 865 University of Minnesota freshmen in 1978. When these test results were compared to the scores on the same tests that 1,313 freshmen and 4,191 high school seniors received in 1928, the 1978 students scored significantly lower than their 1928 counterparts on vocabulary, reading comprehension, and rate of reading. The 1978 freshmen were at least one grade level below the 1928 students on reading ability, reading no better than the high school juniors or seniors of 50 years ago. Although speculations of societal and educational changes are offered as possible causes for the decline in reading ability, no clearcut evidence exists on the reasons for the decline. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; New York Times Foundation, NY.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Inc., New York, NY.