ERIC Number: ED284199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
A Research Study on Discriminating Factors Predominate in Disabled and Non-Disabled Readers.
Monfort, Mary; Stephens, Frances
A study examined whether non-disabled and disabled readers could be differentiated significantly on specifically stated criteria. The more than 70 variables for investigation included personal data, genetic predisposition, developmental milestones, medical history, psycho-social history, and educational background. Subjects were 302 central Oklahoma children from 7-13 years old, whose parents completed a comprehensive questionnaire about them. The non-disabled readers were chosen from five separate school districts, while the disabled readers were chosen randomly from the files of the Central State University Reading Clinic. Results indicated that these two specific groups could be differentiated on the basis of the measures obtained from the variables. Thirty-three of the variables could significantly differentiate the disabled reading group from the non-disabled reading group, and 13 of those had predictive values, including preschool reading ability, parents' educational level, nervous habits, attentiveness, and gender. Findings suggest that case histories of child development are useful for their predictive qualities. (Tables of data are included, and references are attached.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (36th, Austin, TX, December 2-6, 1986).