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ERIC Number: ED194887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Silent Reading Practice on Reading Achievement and Attitudes in Reading.
Bartelo, Dennise M.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a Maryland State Compensatory Reading Program at the middle school level. Specifically, the study attempted to determine the effects of silent reading practice on reading achievement and on student attitudes toward reading. Subjects were 74 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in a compensatory reading program that incorporated silent reading practice with daily reading instruction. The Metropolitan Achievement Tests and attitude and interest surveys served as pretest-posttest instruments. The data revealed mean gains in reading and total reading scores that were greater than the results of chance. Growth in grade level equivalent ranged from a .7 to a 2.2 yearly gain. The Pearson Product correlation coefficient revealed no correlation to be significant for the reading subtest scores; however, a .61 correlation was significant at the .05 level for total reading achievement. The attitude survey results showed an increase of 17% in the amount of spare time that students spent reading. Student questionnaires overwhelmingly stated a feeling of improvement in reading ability, with 81% indicating an attitude change toward reading. Parents and teachers also reported support for the program. Thus, the study supported the belief that reading increases a reader's knowledge about reading itself. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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