ERIC Number: ED163429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Prediction of Students' Reading Attitudes: An Examination of Teacher Judgment Compared to Student-Peer Judgment in Assessing Student Reading Attitude and Habit.
Mikulecky, Larry J.
Fifteen high school English teachers and 544 students in their classes participated in a study to determine how well teachers assess student reading habits and attitudes and to compare the accuracy of their judgments with those of student-peers. Each student was administered a measure of reading ability and of reading attitude; additional data gathered for each student included grades received in previous English and social studies classes. Reading habits were measured through a self-report indicating the number of books read by the student during the previous six months. The students were asked to list the three classmates who had the most positive attitudes and the three with the most negative attitudes toward reading. Teachers were asked to rate the reading attitude of each class member as "positive,""moderate," or "negative." Results showed that reading attitude and reading habit were separable from measures of academic ability, that the ability of both teachers and student-peers to assess reading attitude correlated more highly with English grades than with measures of reading habit or attitude, and that the reading attitude measure used in the study was able to predict student reading habit with more accuracy than were either teachers or students. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (28th, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, November 30-December 2, 1978)