ERIC Number: ED331039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Independent Reading in the Sixth Grade: Free Choice and Access to Material.
Coy-Shaffer, Joye; Pettit, Shirley
A study conducted in the Orange County Public Schools in central Florida investigated the reading interests of sixth-grade students. The study also gathered information from teachers regarding the nature and source of reading materials used for independent reading in their classrooms and on the implementation of sustained silent reading practices. Thirty-seven reading teachers completed a two-page survey, and 279 students completed a one-page survey. Results showed that students were most interested in mysteries, adventure, and "scary" stories. Favorite authors were Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, and Stephen King. Teachers reported that independent reading is a significant part of the sixth-grade reading program. The study revealed, however, that approximately 48% of the teachers provided half or more of the materials used during independent reading periods from personal funds. Recommendations include several suggestions for strengthening an independent reading program. (Copies of the student survey and the teacher survey are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Orange County Public Schools FL
Note: Paper presented at the Orange County, Florida, Middle and High School Educators' Conference (Orlando, FL, August 13-14, 1991).