Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
William Hertzog Thompson
Francis M. Hurst
Stewart J. Briggs
In the remote past the reading of written and printed symbols had Its origin when man first began to use pictures and other characters to send messages and to record events. It occurred very slowly and took a lot of effort to change from picture writing to the use of letters In representing specific sounds.
The Egyptians as early as twenty-five centuries before Christ had analysed words and syllables into sounds and had developed a series of symbols to represent them. As a result of the ingenuity of the Semites these sounds and symbols were the beginning of the Phoenician alphabet, which later developed In turn the Greek letters and the Roman alphabet.
As the arts of writing and reading improved, they took on more significance in the social life and educational systems of the more advanced nations. An example was in Greece, where reading was a school subject of great importance long before the Battle of Marathon (490 B. C.). However, in other parts of the world the use of reading spread slowly.
Fonkalsrud, Alfred Owen, "A Consideration of the Relationship Between Memory As Measured by the Stanford-Binet and Reading Achievement as Measured by the California Reading Achievement Test at the Fifth Grade Level" (1957). Student Work. 153.
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