ERIC Number: ED344191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Pleasure Reading by College Students: Fact or Fiction?
Blackwood, Charlene; And Others
A study examined how much time college students spend reading for pleasure, when they do the most pleasure reading, and whether or not parental encouragement plays a role in pleasure reading habits. Subjects, 219 female and 113 male college seniors at a small public liberal arts university, completed three questionnaires as part of the institution's outcomes assessment program. The first questionnaire elicited demographic information; the second determined whether students were learning oriented or grade oriented; and the third obtained information on students' pleasure reading habits. Results indicated that: (1) most of the subjects (approximately 88%) did read for pleasure; (2) choices tended towards current events and literature, with newspapers as the preferred choice of medium; (3) subjects read more during vacation than during the school term; and (4) parental encouragement, parent occupation level, and parent educational level had no significant effect on the subjects' pleasure reading habits. (One figure of data is included; 12 references and the questionnaires are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Uses
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Lexington, KY, November 13-15, 1991).