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Memphis-Defense Logistics Agency Reading Improvement Program. Report No. 87-2 [microform] / Paul L. Jones and Vickie Medley
Bib ID 5482416
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Jones, Paul L
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1987 
19 p. 

A reading immersion program was conducted for 23 Memphis Defense Logistics Agency employees using the Navy Reading Improvement Program. Participants ranged in age from 30-71 and in schooling from 7 years of formal education to some college. Pretesting with the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests yielded scores ranging from 3.0 to 7.4 with a mean reading grade level of 4.9. Four experienced teachers were hired for the program. Participants were taught for full days for two weeks (10 days), in four instructional groups based on test scores. The program used a diagnostic-prescriptive approach to reading instruction. Instructional methods included individual assisted reading and silent reading, phonics analysis, small group oral reading, and completion of practice exercises. A variety of materials were used. Standardized instruments, questionnaires, and information sheets were used to evaluate the program. Some of the findings were as follows: (1) mean reading scores for the participants increased by 1.9 grade levels; (2) participants indicated a positive attitude toward education; (3) motivation to learn was improved when family and friends were involved in the reading program; (4) the literacy consciousness developed by some learners transferred from the classroom to the home and the workplace; (5) the teachers established an instructional climate that was conducive to learning; (6) adult learners must feel some input to the content/method of their learning; (7) diagnostic tests and years of formal schooling are not a good indicator of reading skill; and (8) the immersion reading program stimulated many to continue their learning. The study concluded that a reading immersion program can raise the reading level of adults and that it is appropriate for the workplace. (KC)


ERIC Note: For a related document, see CE 048 027.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adult Basic Education.  |  Adult Reading Programs.  |  Adult Students.  |  Instructional Materials.  |  Literacy Education.  |  Outcomes of Education.  |  Program Effectiveness.  |  Reading Improvement.  |  Reading Instruction.  |  Teaching Methods.  |  Project Literacy U S  |  Navy
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Medley, Vickie, author  |  Naval Technical Training Command, Millington, TN. Research Branch  |  Memphis Literacy Coalition, TN
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