ERIC Number: ED224001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Basic Skill Emphasis: Its Effect on Independent Reading Development.
Blair, Timothy R.; Turner, Edward C.
One hundred forty-seven students enrolled in a developmental reading program responded to a questionnaire designed to ascertain the reading attitudes and interests of middle school students. It was hypothesized that by overemphasizing basic skills instruction, schools may not be taking the necessary steps to help students develop the ability and desire to read and learn independently. Specifically the questions were designed to learn (1) what percentage of students felt the reading materials were of practical value to them, (2) what percentage found the materials of interest, (3) students' reading interests, and (4) students' perceptions of teacher choices of material for them. The results indicated that 71% felt that the materials helped them in other school subjects, but only half felt the materials helped them outside of school. Forty percent liked the reading materials; 60% did not. Sports was the subject of greatest interest, followed by animals, mystery, comics and humorous stories, and science fiction. Only half felt that teachers would select books to match their reading interests. The results seemed to indicate a lack of communication between students and teachers in the reading material selection process, and suggested a need for teachers and students to discuss the value of all activities in reading class. (The questionnaire used in the study is appended.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (8th, Biloxi, MS, November 4-6, 1982).