ERIC Number: ED255890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Are the Interests of Third Grade Students the Same as the Topics Found in Their Classroom Basal Readers?
A study was conducted to determine whether the expressed reading interests of third grade students corresponded with the topics in their basal readers. Students indicated on an interest survey the kinds of stories they liked to read. Two fourth grade basal readers were analyzed--"Time to Wonder" by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, and "Clearing Paths" by D. C. Heath--and 22 interests were noted. These story categories were compared with the children's choices to determine if any agreement existed. The results indicated that the topics most frequently encountered in the classroom basal series included poetry, animal stories, biographies, careers, and folk tales. While students' favorite category of stories was adventure, stories of this type occurred infrequently in the two basal series surveyed. (A copy of the survey instrument is appended.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey.