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Mary K. Kinnick

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Master of Science in Education (MSEd)




Reading comprehension, Self-esteem, Literacy



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1 online resource (117 p.)


The purpose of this study was to determine if a correlation existed between reading comprehension and self-esteem in adults with no reading ability to adults reading at the fifth grade level. Reading comprehension was measured by the comprehension section of the Brigance Diagnostic Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills in half year increments after primer level, from lower first to upper third grade. Full year increments were indicated from fourth through ninth grade. Self-esteem was self-reported through use of the Counseling form of the Tennessee Self Concept Scale. Data were collected during Fall term, 1989 (September through December) at Portland Community College, Southeast Center in an Adult Basic Education class. T-tests indicated that both reading comprehension and some aspects of self-esteem rose through the study period. However, using the Pearson correlation coefficient, it was determined that a significant correlation did not exist between the variables in question.


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