ERIC Number: ED281190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-May-5
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College Students' Reading Efficiency with Computer-Presented Text.
Wepner, Shelley B.; Feeley, Joan T.
Focusing on improving college students' reading efficiency, a study investigated whether a commercially-prepared computerized speed reading package, Speed Reader II, could be utilized as effectively as traditionally printed text. Subjects were 70 college freshmen from a college reading and rate improvement course with borderline scores on the reading comprehension section of the New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test. The experimental and control groups both read the same passages and the reading rate of both groups were recorded. The experimental group saw a full page of text on a computer screen and was able to control reading rate by pressing the keyboard's space bar each time the display of a new screen of text was desired. The control group read a computer printout of the same material in a self-paced manner. Consistent with other studies, findings showed that computers can be used as effectively as traditional approaches in delivering timed, whole-text readings with comprehension checks to improve the reading efficiency of college students. The reading efficiency of the experimental group was found to increase in a more predictable way from session to session than did that of the control group. An attitudinal survey indicated that subjects in the experimental group were interested in pursuing reading practice via computer assisted programs. (JD)
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