ERIC Number: ED197328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Reading Achievement and Juvenile Delinquency.
Hill, Nancy C.; Atkinson, Tommy
The reading achievement of 31 male juvenile delinquents was analyzed and compared to previous reading research on similar subjects. The subjects were nine learning disabled students, five emotionally handicapped students, five educable mentally handicapped students, and twelve students who were in the process of being evaluated for special education placement. The pretest and posttest battery consisted of the "Wide Range Achievement Test" (WRAT), the "KeyMath Diagnostic Arithmetic Test," and the "Analytical Reading Inventory" (ARI). The diagnostic test results were used to create two hours of tutored instruction each week for the students. Postttests revealed significant gains on the WRAT and the KeyMath Diagnostic Test. Results from the ARI indicated a mean total reading gain of 0.3 months and a total mean instructional level gain of 0.2 months. A comparison of these data to the results from similar research suggested that the expected discrepancy of two to four years between achievement level and potential for juvenile delinquents was an exaggeration. Probably the most interesting aspect of the study was the delinquents' total lack of decoding skills beyond the use of initial consonants. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (6th, Norfolk, VA, November 12-15, 1980).