Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

George E. Vander Beke


Reading has been recognized as one of the vital organs of education since the days of "the three R's." As a tool it has thrived in spite of poor teaching; but reading as an art has been reserved for the favored few. During the past decade or two, great strides have been made, together with faltering steps, toward new and greater goals. Bigger and broader aims have, in the entire educational scheme, roused educators to study reading methods and endeavor to bring this vitally important subject under the x-ray to discover just what are the needs of the modern reading situation. Do they differ from the needs of "the three R" days, and if so, in what ways and what measure? Does reading mean more than ability to pronounce words, and to comprehend the printed page with a certain degree of accuracy and speed silently or orally?


A Thesis submitted partially to fulfill the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy, college of Liberal Arts.

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