Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Leslie, Lauren

Second Advisor

Bardwell, Rebecca

Third Advisor

Hoy, Mary P.


How children best learn to read is a subject of discussion in newspapers, on talk shows, at PTA meetings, within school boards, state legislatures, and in our schools. It is widely recognized that in today's society there is a need for a higher level of literacy. There are no longer jobs for those who cannot read and write. The development of proficient readers and writers has become not only an objective of educators and parents but also of politicians and business...



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