Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



The problem of this study is to diagnose the reading level of students in the Carver School and to discover ways of helping the students solve the problems pertaining to reading in the performance of duties both in and out of school.

The perfect plan for the teaching of reading does not exist.1 It is obvious that this effort cannot be conceived as approaching this ideal, but it is presented in the hope that it may help to make the Carver School the teaching and learning center it should be.

The purpose of this study is to formulate a plan designed to improve several phases of reading in the interest of economy of time, instruction and student performance.

To this end these purposes are envisioned: (1) To determine the reading proficiency of the students in the Carver School; (2) to stimulate a desire and an interest in self improvement; (3) to improve comprehension and interpretation by directing attention to content; and (4) to increase the rate of reading.

The data secured may aid in making a comparison of the grades before and after the proposed program has been executed. It may also serve as a basis for continuous improvement on the secondary level.

This study includes the twenty-five students from grades nine to eleven. Each student was given the same testing, diagnosis and evaluation of reading ability. Emphasis was placed on the improvement of reading skills and abilities in the high school.

The time period of this study was from September 10, 1947, to May 21, 1948.

It is hoped that the principles and practices presented will be equally valid in any situation where reading improvement is being studied.

1Ibid., p. 109.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Dorothy Burdine


Prairie View A&M College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View




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