ERIC Number: ED263530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-18
Reference Count: 0
Dimensions of Speed Reading: A Review of Research Literature.
Thompson, Mark E.
An overview of significant research studies, bibliographies, historical reviews, definitions, and commentaries on speed reading during the past 60 years is presented in this paper. The first part of the paper considers the concept and definitions of speed reading, and summarizes research from the l940s and 1950s--including discussion of eye movement studies and the flexibility of reading rates. The paper then discusses the Evelyn Wood speed reading technique and the resulting criticism of it, including George D. Spache's article identifying its weaknesses. Next, the paper explores studies conducted in the l960s concerning the relationship between reading rate and and comprehension, factors that might influence reading speed, and the effect of speed reading on studying. The paper continues with a list of selected studies from the l970s reflecting moderate expectations from speed reading, discusses the continuing controversy, and ends with a summary that points out the opportunity to learn from past research. (EL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Reading Association (28th, Ann Arbor, MI, October 18-19, 1985).