ERIC Number: ED184074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
A Study of the Effectiveness of Sight Reading Versus Phonetic Instruction for Children with Auditory Learning Disability. Reading Instruction Summary, November, 1976 through January, 1979.
A total of 12 kindergarten children participated in a study to determine whether children with auditory learning disability would achieve significantly better scores in reading when taught by the sight method as compared with the phonetic method of instruction and whether such children would exhibit significantly better self-concepts when placed in a sight reading program rather than a phonetic one. The children were placed into either an experimental or a control group. Both groups were pretested to insure the absence of sample bias with regard to age, intelligence, reading achievement, and self-concept. The experimental group used a program that initially employs a language experience approach and eventually becomes a sight reading program. This program was supplemented with comprehension lessons from a basal reader series. Phonics was not employed. The control group used a phonetic reading program in kindergarten, followed by a basal reader series in grades one and two. All of the children in both groups engaged in basic reading skills practice at least once a week. Posttesting was conducted at the end of each school year. The children in this study did not exhibit significant differences in either reading achievement or self-concept regardless of treatment. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: East Providence School Dept., RI.