ERIC Number: ED211951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Non-Stop Reading for Teenagers: What We Have Learned and Where We Go From Here.
Coley, Joan D.
The Reading Enrichment/Achievement Demonstration Project (READ) has provided continuing studies, since 1976, of sustained silent reading programs that use paperback books. The 1980-81 Project READ involved 1,100 young people in the juvenile justice system who attended 25 alternative schools and community-based programs. The public school portion of the project involved four junior high schools from the Washington, D.C., public school system. Several basic premises of the project's motivational reading programs were confirmed by data obtained from (1) pretest and posttest results on the Gates-MacGintie Reading Survey, (2) a semantic differential scale designed to assess student and teacher attitudes toward both paperback books and reading, (3) interviews with public school students, and (4) written questionnaires. The reading program did encourage students to develop comprehension skills and strategies necessary for independent reading, highly motivating paperback books did provide the broad selection of reading material needed to meet highly diversified student interests, and a motivational reading program did change participants' attitudes toward reading and paperback books as well as their reading habits and behaviors. (HOD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Junior High School Students, Nontraditional Education, Paperback Books, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Reading Attitudes, Reading Comprehension, Reading Habits, Reading Interests, Reading Programs, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Sustained Silent Reading
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project READ
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (Louisville, KY, October 29-31, 1981).