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Education and Human Development Master's Theses

1997

Leisure reading

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A Survey Of Middle School Students’ Leisure Reading Attitudes And Habits As Related To Gender, Aileen C. Castine Aug 1997

A Survey Of Middle School Students’ Leisure Reading Attitudes And Habits As Related To Gender, Aileen C. Castine

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study looked at the relationship of gender to leisure reading in middle school students. The study used 190 students from 6th-8th grades who resided in Monroe County, New York. Of those 190, 97 were female and 93 were male. A survey was used to measure the reading attitudes and behaviors of the students. It was divided into 3 sections: 2 sections were open-ended statements and 1 section was a Likert-type scale. Answers were analyzed in terms of those that showed either a positive or negative attitude toward leisure reading. The total percentage of students from each grade that liked ...


Fifth Graders Talk About Leisure Reading: A Series Of Focus Groups, Jodi A. Philipps May 1997

Fifth Graders Talk About Leisure Reading: A Series Of Focus Groups, Jodi A. Philipps

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to discover the attitudes, behaviors and interests of fifth grade students concerning leisure time reading.

The subjects consisted of nine focus groups of five students each (n=45) selected from fifth grade classes within Monroe County school districts. The schools were stratified by location including urban, suburban, and rural environments. Student selection was made by classroom teachers based on a variety of reading abilities and gender. Focus groups were interviewed regarding their leisure time reading habits, interests and behaviors. Group responses were then analyzed qualitatively and grouped into various categories.

While the results did ...