Date of Award

Summer 1963

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science




In the American culture, learning to read holds as great a significance as learning to talk. It is generally expected that every child will be ready to read in the first grade of elementary school.

Reading readiness means different things to different people. Some regard it only as an expression of interest or purpose. Others describe it with emphasis upon either general or physical maturation . Still others believe that readiness depends upon information or abilities developed during educational experiences.

The Purpose of the study: Reading instruction in American schools proceeds on the thesis that there are common experiences from which teaching can proceed. Since it is not safe to assume complete homogeneity of family backgrounds in any one community, many teachers believe that individualized instruction is of greater significance in the first grade than on any other grade level.

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