Reading Disability and Socio-Economic Status

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Journal of Reading


Twenty years ago when she wrote that "there seems •*• to be little relationship between reading failure and education or ability of parents, socio-economic status, foreign language in the home, or recordable attitudes," Robinson did not have the benefit of subsequent studies. This is not to say that she would refute this statement of hers: "It thus appears that studies to date have not given objective evidence of the relationship of socio-economic status to reading disability or reading progress." Obviously, in her plea for "objective evidence" she means well- designed, controlled experimentation yielding substantial correlations. Although some of the studies cited here may not meet her criteria, the gross result should indicate serious circumstances demanding serious consideration.

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