Date of Award
Master's Essay - Restricted
Master of Education (MEd)
Arthur S. McDonald
Reading is the crux of all education. Its complexity has challenged researchers to find procedures that will enable students to perform more nearly in accordance with their potential.
Reading essentially is not a subject but an evaluative process by which characters or symbols are made meaningful. The necessitates a combination of auditory, visual, and linguistic skills. When referring to the printed form, reading, whether oral or silent, involves a two-fold process: mechanical, comprising phonics, structural clues, word recognition, and speed; mental, involving meaningful interpretation of text depicted by one's ability to determine the main idea, to logically glean specific details, to make inferences, to determine organizational patterns and story tone, to anticipate the author's intent, to adjust rate of reading to content, and to develop a conceptual vocabulary. A mature reader, therefore, must possess an alert, exploratory, reflective, critical, imaginative mind in order to recognize and imbue arbitrary associations with meaning.
Holup, M. Emerita, "An Experimental Study to Determine the Efficacy of Programmed Material in Meeting the Needs of Vocabulary Training for Students in Seventh and Eighth Grades" (1963). Master's Essays (1922 - ). 1109.