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A reading program: An attempt to reverse negative attitudes

The purpose of this study was to show how a reading Program, which took into consideration certain negative attitudes that could be blocks to further learning attempted to reverse the failing attitudes of students and bring about more positive attitudes toward reading. The study attempted to describe a reading program that took place in an ordinary class room surrounding, not in a clinical situation, and that tried to emphasize the affective domain of learning. The design of the study was descriptive in nature. By presenting fourteen case studies of a random sampling of the student population in the reading program, the study attempted to reveal the multitude of factors that could have caused reading failure. The accumulation of data gathered from a ten percent sampling of the reading program students revealed the following: 1. The students, at the conclusion of the program, were generally positive in their attitudes toward school, teachers, reading and self. 2. The students showed, at the conclusion of the program, some reading improvement. 3. The students showed positive reactions to the type of teacher role assumed by the Director of the program who attempted always to be benevolent, flexible and sincere. 4 . The students sampled seemed able to perceive the influence of their home environment on their reading habits . 5. The students reacted positively to the grading system of the program whereby grade s were based only on the amount of effort put forth and not on academic success .

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