Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



Reading has always been considered by professional and laymen alike as the most important subject in the elementary school curriculum. The educational literature on reading is voluminous and new materials are constantly being added. A recent and curious development which has taken place in reading is its increasing importance as a subject to be studied in the secondary school and college. The day has passed forever when the high school teacher could hold the elementary teacher responsible for the child's achievement in rate of reading and incomprehension. To a large degree, it has become fashionable for the secondary school teacher to assume her responsibility for the child's development in reading ability and if he comes to her deficient in that respect, to make a valiant attempt to cure the defect.

Failure in reading is likely to mean failure in the child's whole educational life. It means a shortening of his schooling. It means going into work of a lower level. It means wrong attitudes of many kinds. It often means the development of undesirable traits.

Teachers know that the child's growth in reading ability must be continuous as he progresses through the grades, for only then will he attain the necessary development in reading to enable him to be a successful student in his other subjects.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Dorothy Burdine

Committee Member

Evelyn L. Best

Committee Member

Evelyn L. Best


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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