ERIC Number: ED227442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Approaches to the Assessment of Reading Attitude.
Levine, Mary Ann; Singleton, Barbara A.
Qualitative research that takes into account children's views of themselves as well as their own assessments of their talents and capabilities in reading and other academic areas can enhance understandings already established in research and measured by standardized instruments. New avenues of qualitative research can prove amenable to assessing psychological and socioemotional characteristics of reading achievement. Overreliance on quantitative methods in assessing children's academic progress can result in a dehumanized, fragmented picture of the child. Qualitative research methods, on the other hand, can help solve the problems of analyzing the individual student in a holistic way and determining the teacher's role and importance in assessing his or her own students. The complexity of the child's reading attitudes and the obvious link with the child's individuality and personality necessitate the use of varied research methods. Possible qualitative research strategies that can be used for assessing attitudes toward reading include interviews with students, student logs, observation, teacher opinions, sociometric techniques, frequency counts of books read or checked out of the library, behavioral observations of facial expressions and nonverbal behaviors, and attitude scales. Quantitative and qualitative research techniques should be complementary rather than in opposition to or mutually exclusive of one another. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Qualitative Research; Quantitative Research