Silent Reading: A Study of the Various Types (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago, 1922 - Reading, Psychology of - 160 pages
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Page 50 - He was disobedient to his father and mother, and would go out early in the morning and stay out all day, playing in the streets and public places with idle children of his own age. When he was old enough to learn a trade, his father took him into his own shop, and taught him how to use his needle ; but...
Page 51 - Carry this, child, to your mother, tell her that I will come and see her tonight, and bid her get us something for supper; but first show me the house where you live.
Page 52 - My poor brother! How unhappy am I, not to have come soon enough to give you one last embrace!
Page 9 - Average Number of Fixations per Line Average Duration of Fixation Pauses Average Number of Words Read per Fixation...
Page 66 - Avants her students to read belles-lettres or to make analyses of the text with the aid of references to the classical dictionary. Second, teachers should know what method of training to adopt if they want pupils to cultivate certain classes of habits. For example, it is folly to expect the type of reading which leads to literary appreciation during an elocutionary exercise in which the chief channels of nervous excitement lead to the vocal cords. Third, teachers should understand that reading habits...
Page 4 - ... which it is trained to work out. If the mind is fitting together the impressions so as to bring into high relief grammatical distinctions, the grouping of words and the distribution of emphasis will be according to one pattern. If the mind is intent on something wholly different from grammar...
Page 50 - ... over to his idle habits, and was never out of the streets from his companions. This course he followed till he was fifteen years old, without giving his mind to any useful pursuit, or the least reflection on what would become of him. In this situation, as he was one day playing according to custom, in the street, with his vagabond associates, a stranger passing by stood to observe him. This stranger was a sorcerer, called by the writer of this story, the African magician...
Page 51 - The mother and son talked no more then of the African magician ; but the next day Aladdin's uncle found him playing in another part of the town...
Page 61 - ... that he is not doing his duty by a book unless he is perusing it slowly and laboriously and in a fashion which aims to find something in the passage other than the straightforward meaning. Most...
Page 61 - ... aims to find something in the passage other than the straightforward meaning. Most schools assign lessons of such brevity as to make it clear that pupils are not expected to do much reading. The time is then occupied in class in searching every nook and corner of the line for curious rhetorical or historical intricacies. In the meantime, the valuable habit of reading in a straightahead fashion suffers by disuse and by a series of involved distractions which bring into the reader's experience...

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