Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



Statement of Problem

The need to develop sound reading habits, interest, and taste in children, both in and out of school is greater now than ever before. Good reading is the most essential factor in school success. Reading is the master key which unlocks the gateway to every other subject and is both the most important and most troublesome subject in the elementary school curriculum. Yet the amount and quality of reading done by children and adults as well in general is disappointingly low. The study of any unselected group indicates that a large number of children in school are below normal in reading ability.

When children in school are below normal in reading ability as to their grade level we search for the cause. We lay it to physical defects, such as poor eyesight, defective hearing, nervousness, and malnutrition. It is true those things are often contributing causes, but probably the greatest trouble with reading lies in the ability of teachers to make this difficult tool useful to the children.

The reading problem faces every teacher. In primary grades, it is the most frequent cause of school failure. It is an important determiner of achievement in other school subjects in the intermediate grades. That it largely determines success or failure in upper grades as well, can easily be, understood, since it is a tool that is basic to nearly all learning.

Committee Chair/Advisor

A. C. Preston

Committee Member

J. M. Drew

Committee Member

J. M. Drew


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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