Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



This study was undertaken for the purpose of revealing to the classroom teacher how the rate and comprehension in reading can be improved in a group of unselected students in the average classroom.

The factors which were considered in improving the rate and comprehension in reading were: intelligence, family background, scholastic achievement, and mastery of the mechanics of reading. In this study an attempt was made to find correlations similar to those which were found in similar studies.

The significance of this study is revealed in the information secured which may serve as an aid in the improvement of rate and comprehension in reading.

This study is also significant because our society is a reading society, and in this complex civilization in which we live, mastery of the understanding of the printed word is essential.

The subjects for this study were members of two unselected classes of Negro children in the same building. The two classes were the seventh and eighth grades. In grade seven there were 16 boys and 9 girls. In grade eight there were 10 boys and 15 girls.

The study was made at the Mt. Enterprise High School, Upshur County, James, Texas. James is a village with a population of 1601. The school organization includes grades one to twelve with an annual promotion plan.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Dorothy L. 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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