Annotated Bibliography of Adult Reading Studies

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Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1961 - Reading (Higher education) - 126 pages
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This report documents and briefly summarizes information concerning the teaching of advanced reading skills to adults. The search of professional literature (mostly psychological and educational journals) yielded 400 references that were published during the 10 year period, 1950 to 1960. Of these, 384 were located and abstracted. Almost without exception, adults in reading improvement programs were reported to have achieved considerable increases in reading speed, typically 100 per cent or more, with some gain in comprehension. About 70 per cent of the reading speed gain was retained when subjects were tested six months to two years after training. It is concluded that the Navy could increase the reading speed of its personnel significantly, conceivably by as much as 100 per cent or more, with the establishment of a reading improvement program. (Author).

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