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ERIC Number: ED335631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Pages: 15
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College Students as Readers.
LaBonty, Jan
Statistics on the reading habits of adult Americans are grim. Surveys of teachers reveal inadequate and unimpressive figures in recreational and professional reading and awareness of children's literature. Studies show that, as a whole, teachers are not avid readers. Furthermore, older teachers tend to be more prolific readers of both recreational and professional materials. While personal recommendation is a most powerful tool for prompting students to read, it is doubtful that many teachers are knowledgeable enough about children's literature to guide students' reading choices. A study of 158 undergraduate education students from two universities confirmed these findings. Most did not read professional journals regularly, a majority did not have a favorite children's poet, and many did not have a favorite author for children. In a separate study, 65 undergraduate and 62 graduate students in reading-related classes were asked to set their own goals in recreational and professional reading and children's literature. Goals and choices of children's literature varied widely. Many chose "Instructor" and "The Reading Teacher" as their favorite professional journals. For recreational reading, students often selected magazines and newspapers. Research on the reading habits of adults clarifies the need for education students to become role models for young readers. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Teacher Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (40th, Miami, FL, November 27-December 1, 1990). Best available copy.