Date of Award

Summer 1964

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




From 1930 to the present critical, flexible reading has been emphasized as a goal towards which we should direct our efforts in reading instruction. Using McDonald's concise definition as a base: Reading flexibility consists of the ability to utilize those reading processes and techniques which are particularly appropriate for the style, difficulty, level, and those of the reading material while, at the same time, being consonant with achieving the reader's purpose at the optimal level of performance, " we might ask the question " How can flexibility be taught? The problem that exists is the method or procedure so may best use to teach the many specific factors that constitute reading flexibility. Research demonstrates that most college and adult reading programs emphasize mechanical devices and increase in ratio...