House of Representatives Committees

House Select Committee on Specific Learning Difficulties

Inquiry into learning difficulties in children and adults


On 14 October 1976, the Select Committee on Specific Learning Difficulties tabled its report entitled Learning difficulties in children and adults .

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This report is comprised of preliminary pages, 8 chapters and 11 appendices.

Learning difficulties in children and adults

Part A: Preliminary pages up to Chapter 5 (PDF 5384KB)
Terms of Reference, List of Abbreviations. Committee Membership, Foreword, Contents, List of Recommendations

Ch1: Defining the problem

Ch2: Occurence of learning difficulties
Ch3: Review of evidence as to adequacy of current measures
Ch4: Success of current measures
Ch5: Resources external to the school

Part B: Chapter 6 to Appendix 11 (end) (PDF 3817KB)
Ch6: Adult literacy problems
Ch7: Teacher education
Ch8: Research
Appendix 1: Conduct of the inquiry
Appendix 2: Consulted bodies and/or witnesses and exhibits
Appendix 3: Examples of categories
Appendix 4: How to help prepare your child to learn and read
Appendix 5: Summary of teacher education survey
Appendix 6: Teacher education questionnaire
Appendix 7: Teacher education survey - tables 1-4
Appendix 8: International Reading Association
Appendix 9: List of research projects funded by the ERDC since 1970
Appendix 10: List of research projects funded by the ARGC for the period 1970-74
Appendix 11: Reading treatment research centre

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