ERIC Number: ED347192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Multiple Indicators of Children's Reading Habits and Attitudes: Construct Validity and Cognitive Correlates.
Allen, Linda; And Others
Sixty-three fifth-grade children completed daily activity diaries indicating how they spent their non-school time for 15 days. From these diaries, estimates of the minutes per day that were spent in various activities were derived. The estimate of book-reading time from the activity diary correlated with new measures of individual differences in exposure to print that use a checklist-with-foils logic and that have very brief administration times. Both diary-estimated and checklist-estimated book reading predicted a variety of verbal outcome measures, but estimates of television watching did not. Multiple-regression and factor analysis confirmed the convergent and discriminant validity of a construct that, it is argued, is best conceived of as non-school print exposure and that appears to be measured as well by the checklist tasks as by the activity diary method. In contrast, certain types of questionnaire methods of assessing reading habits and attitudes appear to assess the extent of general positive attitudes toward reading rather than the degree of print exposure itself. Six tables and 1 figure present study data, and a 56-item list of references and 3 appendices of book title recognition items are included. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: This research was supported by a grant from the Oakland University Alumni Association.