A Study of the Changes within the National Reading Conference

Lester Luke Van Gilder, Marquette University


The scope and content of teaching reading at the college level is a relatively new field of study. In the early years of the twentieth century, diagnostic testing instruments for identifying problem readers were not available. Likewise, materials specifically designed for reading improvement were unavailable. The emergence of reading improvement at the college level, as a field of study, has been reviewed in Lowe's resume of the history of college reading. His summary of the history of college reading is included as a pertinent introduction to the problems that this dissertation has considered. Following is a synopsis of Lowe's research...