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"The problem in this study was an attempt to determine whether phonics serves as an aid to the teaching of first-grade reading and to weigh and examine its possibilities in the light of the consequences in the first grade. It has been a question in the minds of authorities in reading as to how much phonics should be taken up during the first year of a child's experience in school and what steps should be taken in presenting this aid. Some related questions suggested by this study are: (1) What is the status of phonics at the present time? (2) What are the views of the leading authorities in this field? (3) Should phonics be taken up during the child's first year in school? (4) How much phonics should be taught in the first year? (5) What steps should be taken up first? (6) What are the advantages to be derived from phonics? (7) What are the disadvantages resulting from phonetic training? (8) What precautions should be taken in teaching phonics? (9) Have any experiments been made; what conclusions were drawn from them? (10) Is phonics the only desirable method of word analysis? (11) Do all children need phonics and if so, do they all need the same amount? (12) Should phonics be presented during the reading period? (13) Is reading the only subject which is aided by phonetic training?"--Introduction.