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A status survey of reading programs in British Columbia secondary schools : 1976 Kinzer, Charles K.


This study is a descriptive survey of secondary reading programs in British Columbia. A review of the literature indicated that secondary reading programs were largely remedial or developmental in nature, with teachers of such programs having little training in reading education. All 331 secondary schools in the province of British Columbia were surveyed using a modified version of Hill's (1975) questionnaires, Responses were sought from the school administrators. A stamped, addressed return envelope was included with the questionnaire. An initial and follow-up mailing yielded a return of 88.8%. Results wers analysed through the University of British Columbia's computer facilities using the standard Laboratory Of Educational Research Test Analysis Package and the Multivariate Contingency Tabulations computer programs. The results for the population used in this study are in general agreement with the finding noted in the review of the literature. The majority of secondary reading programs in the province are remedial and/or developmental in nature. Many administrators- are dissatisfied with the existing reading programs in their schools. Most teachers of secondary reading were found to have little training in reading instruction. A comparison of available secondary reading programs, teacher training, administrators' attitudes toward reading programs, and availability of special, in-school reading facilities is made between junior and senior secondary schools.

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