International Review of Education

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 53–71

The Impact of Phonological-Awareness and Rapid-Reading Training on the Reading Skills of Adolescent and Adult Neoliterates

  • James M. Royer
  • Helen Abadzi
  • Jules Kinda


This study compares the reading performance of adolescent and adult neoliterates in Burkina Faso who participated in one of three experimental educational programs with the reading performance of neoliterates who took part in a standard (control) educational program. The experimental programs involved training in phonological awareness, training in the rapid identification of reading material and an approach that involved both phonological-awareness and rapid-reading training. Results show that students enrolled in the experimental programs made greater gains in reading skills than did students enrolled in the standard educational programs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Royer
    • 1
  • Helen Abadzi
    • 2
  • Jules Kinda
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  2. 2.The World BankWashington DCUSA

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