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ERIC Number: ED010755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Oct
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE READING OF THE CULTURALLY DISADVANTAGED.
MCCROSSAN, JOHN
ASPECTS OF READING RELATED TO CULTURALLY DISADVANTAGED ADULTS AND CHILDREN ARE SURVEYED. THE MAIN TOPICS OF DISCUSSION BASED ON RESEARCH AND LITERATURE ARE READING ABILITY OF DISADVANTAGED ADULTS, READING ABILITY OF DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN, CAUSES OF READING PROBLEMS AMONT THE DISADVANTAGED, READING INTERESTS, LIBRARY USE BY DISADVANTAGED ADULTS, AND THE KINDS OF READING PREFERRED BY DISADVANTAGED ADULTS. CULTURALLY DEPRIVED PEOPLE ARE DEFINED AS THOSE AMERICANS WHO BELONG TO THE LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC GROUP AND WHO HAVE FEWER OPPORTUNITIES THAN THE AVERAGE CITIZEN. RESEARCH ON THE READING ABILITY OF DISADVANTAGED ADULTS HAS SHOWN THAT THEY READ LESS THAN MORE EDUCATED PEOPLE AND COMPRISE A LARGE NUMBER OF THE AMERICAN FUNCTIONAL ILLITERATES. CORRELATIONS WERE FOUND BETWEEN CHILDREN'S READING ACHIEVEMENT AND SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS. THE HOME ENVIRONMENT OF LOWER CLASS CHILDREN CONTRIBUTES TO READING RETARDATION. ADULTS WHO HAVE HAD MORE EDUCATIONAL TRAINING TEND TO MAKE GREATER USE OF LIBRARY FACILITIES. LOWER CLASS PEOPLE READ MAGAZINES AND PAPERS SOMEWHAT LESS THAN THOSE FROM HIGHER CLASSES. DIFFERENCES, HOWEVER, ARE NOT AS GREAT AS THOSE FOUND IN BOOK READING. A POSITIVE CORRELATION EXISTS BETWEEN FICTION READING AND INCOME LEVEL, AND BETWEEN CHOICE OF AUTHORS AND SOCIOECONOMIC LEVEL. LOWER CLASS PEOPLE TEND TO READ THE NEWSPAPER FOR ENTERTAINMENT, SENSATIONAL NEWS, AND PICTORIAL MATERIAL. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LIBRARIES ARE MADE. A BIBLIOGRAPHY, GENERAL REFERENCES, AND TABLES ARE INCLUDED. (BK)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Graduate School of Library Science.
Identifiers: Illinois (Urbana)