ERIC Number: ED225106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-4
Reference Count: 0
Locating the Recreational Level of Elementary Grade Students.
Smith, Lynn C.; And Others
A study was conducted to compare students' recreational reading levels to their independent, instructional, and frustrational levels determinable with an informal reading inventory. Subjects, 20 second grade and 20 fifth grade students, were administered the Basic Reading Inventory. In addition, the school's librarian recorded titles of four books chosen by each student within a 2-month period. These books were freely selected and the children did not know that their choices were being monitored. After the books had been returned to the library, researchers estimated the books' difficulty level with the Fry Readability Graph. Results showed that second grade students selected books for recreational reading within their independent reading level 42% of the time, within their instructional level 25% of the time, and at their frustration level 33% of the time. Fifth grade students, on the other hand, selected books for recreational reading within their independent reading level 42% of the time, within their instructional level 32% of the time, and at their frustration level 26% of the time. When they could select books to read for pleasure, both second and fifth grade students selected books above their independent level 58% of the time. These results indicate that it is inappropriate for educators to prescribe the level of books read for pleasure based on an informal reading inventory. (HOD)
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).