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One hundred and seventeen national leaders in the field of reading education were selected at random from those listed in Graduate Programs and Faculty in Reading (1981), to participate in this study, on the basis of their experience and accomplishments (prominent research, major publications, and holding of national office such as I. R. A. President or board of directors).

The questionnaire (Figure 1) was designed to collect information related to significant changes in reading education during the last twenty years and the identification of specific people who have been instrumental in these developments. Fifty responses were received, and it is on the basis of these that the following observations are made.

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