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Master of Arts in Education (Reading Specialist)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Marie Colette Roy, O.S.F.

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Reading programs; Reading comprehension--Study and teaching; Reading programs--Evaluation


This study was undertaken to determine which of two programs in reading - Words in Color or Traditional Basal - proved more effective as a short term course in reading for low achieving adult women. More specifically, answers to the following questions were sought. 1. Which of the two programs shows better total reading gains as measured by the California Reading Test? 2. Which of the two programs yields better results in comprehension as measured by the California Reading Test? 3. Which of the two programs shows better gains in word recognition as measured by the Wide Range (Reading Section) Test? 4. Were there any observations which might lead one to believe that one or the other program was more enthusiastically received? 5. Are these indications that these students will be favourably motivated to continue reading on their own?


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