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ERIC Number: ED011483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-May
Pages: 10
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Reference Count: 0
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FIRST-GRADERS' RESPONSES TO THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT READING.
DENNY, TERRY; WEINTRAUB, SAMUEL
THE RESPONSES OF FIRST GRADERS TO THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT READING ARE REPORTED. SUBJECTS, 111 PUPILS IN FIVE 1ST-GRADE CLASSROOMS IN THREE SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN INDIANA AND MICHIGAN, WERE INTERVIEWED AND THEIR RESPONSES WERE ANALYZED AND CLASSIFIED INTO LOGICAL CATEGORIES. WHEN ASKED IF THEY WANTED TO LEARN TO READ, A NEGATIVE ANSWER WAS GIVEN BY FOUR CHILDREN. IN ANSWERING WHY THEY WANTED TO READ, THE FOLLOWING REASONS WERE OFFERED--(1) 30 PUPILS, ONE-FOURTH OF THE CHILDREN, GAVE VAGUE AND MEANINGLESS REASONS, (2) 27 CHILDREN WANTED TO LEARN AS A MEANS TO A GOAL, (3) 37 WANTED TO LEARN TO READ TO THEMSELVES OR TO OTHERS, (4) 10 WANTED TO LEARN BECAUSE THERE WAS SOME FEELING OF VALUE CONNECTED WITH SUCH LEARNING, AND (5) 11 PUPILS IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES WITH A READER. WHEN ASKED WHAT THEY HAD TO DO TO LEARN TO READ IN THE FIRST GRADE, THESE IDEAS WERE ADVANCED--(1) 38 PUPILS DIDN'T KNOWN, (2) TWO-FIFTHS OF THE REMAINING RESPONSES INDICATED THAT A PASSIVE TYPE OF OBEDIENCE WAS REQUIRED, (3) TWO-FIFTHS OF THE CHILDREN SAW THEMSELVES TAKING SOME ACTION IN LEARNING, AND (4) ONE-FIFTH OF THE CHILDREN THOUGHT THE TEACHER WOULD SHOW THEM HOW TO READ. DIFFERENCES IN ANSWERS RELATED TO SEX, RACE, AND FAMILY INCOME ARE DISCUSSED. REFERENCES AND TABLES ARE INCLUDED. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN THE "ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JOURNAL," VOLUME 66, MAY 1966. (MD)
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Identifiers: INDIANA; KINDERGARTEN EXPERIENCE COMPARISON; MICHIGAN; Michigan (Detroit)