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ERIC Number: ED013746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb
Pages: 1
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WHY DO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS READ.
EMANS, ROBERT; PATYK, GLORIA
A FORCED-CHOICE TYPE OF QUESTIONNAIRE WAS USED TO STUDY THE READING MOTIVES OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THE EFFECT OF INTELLIGENCE, READING LEVEL, SEX, AGE, AND SOCIAL CLASS ON INFORMATIONAL, IDENTIFICATIONAL, ESTHETIC, AND RECREATIONAL MOTIVES. DEFINITIONS OF EACH MOTIVE AND A LIST OF REASONS FOR READING WERE GIVEN TO FIVE JUDGES FOR CLASSIFICATION. REASONS ON WHICH ALL JUDGES AGREED WERE INCLUDED IN A QUESTIONNAIRE GIVEN TO 324 STUDENTS FROM MIDDLE AND LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC CLASSES IN GRADES NINE THROUGH 12. READING LEVEL AND INTELLIGENCE SCORES WERE ALSO OBTAINED. RESULTS SHOWED THAT THE RECREATIONAL MOTIVE RANKED HIGHEST FOR ALL STUDENTS AND WAS FOLLOWED BY THE INFORMATIONAL, IDENTIFICATIONAL, AND ESTHETIC MOTIVES. STUDENTS WITH LOW READING LEVEL AND INTELLIGENCE TENDED TO RANK RECREATION LOWER AND IDENTIFICATION HIGHER. BOYS RANKED INFORMATION HIGHER THAN GIRLS DID, AND ONLY A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF EITHER SEX GAVE ESTHETICS A HIGH RANKING. THE YOUNGER STUDENTS RANKED RECREATION HIGHER THAN OLDER STUDENTS DID. NO SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIP WAS FOUND BETWEEN READING MOTIVES AND SOCIAL CLASS. RESULTS ARE SUMMARIZED IN THREE TABLES, AND A LIST OF REFERENCES IS GIVEN. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "JOURNAL OF READING," VOLUME 10, FEBRUARY 1967. (NS)
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Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
Identifiers: University of Chicago IL; Waukesha High School WI; WISCONSIN; Wisconsin (Waukesha)