The purpose of this experiment was to ascertain the effect of phonic ability upon reading ability at the college level. The subjects were 72 poor readers from the lowest 20 per cent of reading scores of University of Iowa freshmen. Half of these readers formed an experimental group and a like half a control group. Vocabulary tests and pronunciation tests composed of the same words were given. These were accompanied by paragraph comprehension and oral reading tests. The experimental group then took a period of individual phonic training at the end of which both experimental and control groups were retested. No gains were made by the control group but significant gains were made by the experimental group in vocabulary, pronunciation and oral reading.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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"The Effect of Training in Phonics upon Reading Ability at the College Level,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 44(1), 158-158.
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