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Theoretical Framework

The current study relies on theories of oculomotor eye movements and their relationship to word reading and reading comprehension (Huey, 1968; McConkie, Kerr, Reddix, & Zola, 1988; Rayner, 1975/1983/1998; Samuels, Rasinski, & Hiebert, 2011; Woodworth, 1938). It is theorized that training the eye to recognize words in isolation faster can subsequently increase the rate of reading words in context. Tachistoscopic studies involving the brief exposure and isolated presentation of letters or words have long intrigued psychologists and reading researchers (Rayner, 1975). Just as teachers model fluent reading, tachistoscopic exercises provide a pacing tool for readers.


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