Psychological Test with Two Pamphlets, Durrell Analysis of Reading Difficulty

Psychological Test with Two Pamphlets, Durrell Analysis of Reading Difficulty

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This test was developed by Donald DeWitt Durrell (1903-2001), professor of education and director of the educational clinic at Boston University. Born in Illinois, Durrell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa (1926) and his master’s degree there the following year. Both his master’s thesis and the doctoral dissertation he later received from Harvard University (1930) were on the relationship between disability in reading and test performance. From Harvard, he moved to Boston University, where he spent the remainder of his career, much of it devoted to education in reading.
Durrell began work on this test in 1933 and published it with World Book Company in 1937. Later editions of the test would appear in 1957 and 1980. The sections of the test included oral reading paragraphs, silent reading paragraphs, word recognition, letter naming, and recognition of word parts. In addition to the test of reading difficulties, materials in the collection include a manual of directions, an individual record book, and a tachitiscope.
Journal of Education, vol. 181, #1, 2000. This issue of the journal is devoted to the life and work of Durrell.
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Object Name
Psychological Test with Two Pamphlets
date made
World Book Company
Durrell, Donald DeWitt
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 34 cm x 25.7 cm; 13 3/8 in x 10 1/8 in
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of Samuel Kavruck
Psychological Tests
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