ERIC Number: ED158252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Reading Attitudes to Achievement, Sex, and Social Class among Fifth Grade Pupils.
Hall, Diane S.
Three hundred fifth grade pupils in an urban school district and in three rural schools in Tennessee participated in a study of relationships among attitudes toward reading, reading achievement, socioeconomic status (SES), and sex. Each pupil was rated on the Heathington Attitude Scale and the Hollingshead Two-Factor Index of Social Position and completed the Metropolitan Achievement Test. Although high SES females had significantly higher achievement levels than did low SES males or females and higher scores than did high SES males, there was not a consistent correlation of sex and socioeconomic status with achievement. Males and females differed on attitudes toward reading only at the low socioeconomic level. Based on the study, it appears that neither social class nor sex is a reliable indicator of how students feel about reading. Attitudes and achievement in reading are highly correlated: when ability improves, attitudes often improve; when attitudes improve, ability often improves. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (23rd, Houston, Texas, May 1-5, 1978)