AN EXPERIMENTAL EVALUATION OF METHODS FOR IMPROVING THE READING SKILLS OF STUDENTS AT A NESEP PREPARATORY SCHOOL.
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF
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An evaluation was made of the relative effectiveness of several reading training methods differing in number or type of reading devices and time of training. Comparisons were made among five matched groups four training groups and a control group each composed of 12 NESEP Preparatory School summer students. Pre- and post-training test performance comparisons showed significant increases in speed of comprehension for three of the four training groups. No significant differences in the amount of speed of comprehension gain were atributable to use of reading machines or scheduled time of training sessions. None of the experimental groups made significant gains in level of comprehension. A change in post-training test orientation, emphasizing speed, significantly increased reading speed and decreased reading comprehension test performance. Author
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