ERIC Number: ED214124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
How to Grow a Happy Reader: Report on a Study of Parental Involvement As It Relates to a Child's Attitudes and Achievement in the Acquisition of Reading Skills. Research Monograph No. 27.
Siders, Mary B.; Sledjeski, Stephen
A study was conducted to determine whether a home based parent involvement reading program would (1) increase the frequency with which parents engaged in reading activities with their children, and (2) improve the children's reading attitudes and achievement. Divided into experimental and control groups, 240 7- and 8-year-old children were pretested for reading attitudes and achievement, and their parents were pretested for frequency of home reading activities. The parental involvement program was then implemented for the experiental group through distribution of a calendar of home reading activities, 1 month at a time for 7 months. The parents and children were then posttested. The results indicated that the frequency of home reading activities did not increase during the year. In those instances where student attitudes differed significantly, it was those students in the classes where home reading activities were emphasized who demonstrated gains when compared to those in the control group. Significant gains in reading achievement from pre- to posttesting were made by both groups, although the experimental group had the higher posttest scores. (A section of guidelines for engaging parents in cooperative relationships with the teacher and the school community is included, and appendixes contain the student and parent instruments from the study, and the calendar of reading activities from the parent involvement program.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. P. K. Yonge Lab. School.
Note: For related document see ED 155 597.