ERIC Number: ED198487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Sex-Typed Reading Material on Reading Interests and Comprehension in 1967 and in 1979.
Robertson, Margaret Burnett
A study was conducted to determine the stability of the effect of sex-typed reading material on the reading interests and comprehension of fifth grade boys and girls. It involved a direct replication of a 1967 study so that a comparison of data from the 312 subjects of that study could be made with the data from 374 subjects of 1979. Reading material, equated for readability, was designed with male or female characters occupying male or female type occupational roles. Interest in the reading material was measured by a six-point like-dislike scale. Comprehension was measured by a 50-item deletion cloze test for each story. Each subject read and responded to four stories. Results indicated that (1) fifth grade boys' and girls' interests in sex-typed reading material are different and exhibit some stability across time; (2) boys' interests are determined by the occupational role of the story character and girls' interests are little affected by sex-typing; (3) boys' comprehension scores are little affected by sex-typed reading content and girls' comprehension scores are superior for that reading content designed to appeal to girls; and (4) the varying effects of sex-typed reading material on the interest and comprehension of boys and girls suggest the relationship is different in boys and in girls. (HOD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.Ed. Thesis, University of Saskatchewan.