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ERIC Number: ED344198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Locus of Control and Intrinsically Motivated Reading.
Whitney, Patricia
A study investigated the relationship between locus of control and intrinsically motivated reading for children. The entire sixth grade, totalling 53 students, of a parochial school in San Francisco was administered the Children's Nowicki-Strickland Internal-External Control Scale. A free-choice paperback reading rack provided the measure for intrinsically motivated reading. To test the hypothesis that students with an internal locus of control would be more productive readers than those with an external locus of control, a matched sample was drawn. The t-test for matched samples and the Pearson product-moment both indicated non-significant differences between intrinsic motivation of internal and external subjects. The most revealing factor was that the students felt they were"too busy" for free-choice reading. (Three figures and two tables of data are included; 23 references are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California (San Francisco); Reading Motivation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (41st, Palm Springs, CA, December 3-7, 1991).