Hermine Heck

Author Credentials

Sister Hermine Heck, S.P.

Date of Award


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Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Reading Specialist)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Julitta Fisch, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Reading readiness; Reading programs--Evaluation; Phonetics


The purpose of this study is to determine the comparative effectiveness of reinforcing the basal reading program with a highly phonetic program when compared with teaching the basal reading phonetic program only. The two specific objectives set forth are to endeavor to answer the following questions: 1. Do the children become more efficient in word recognition and word attack if greater emphasis is given to phonics by reinforcing the basal program with a strong phonetic program? 2. Does the intensive phonics program affect comprehension? The significance of this study lies in its search for the proper emphasis to be given to phonics within the total reading program with the focus on the best possible reading program. It is hoped that this study will contribute, in a small way, toward solving the problems of a balanced reading program with optimum stress on phonics.


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