ERIC Number: ED365948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers as Readers. Literacy Research Report No. 18.
VanLeirsburg, Peggy; Johns, Jerry L.
A study examined teachers' reading habits and attitudes. Subjects, 204 educators who were enrolled in classes or a for-credit reading workshop in the northern Illinois area, completed a 32-item survey to determine their reading habits. Respondents were primarily elementary teachers who had earned at least a bachelor's degree and who had six or fewer years of experience in their current position. Results indicated that: (1) over half read at least three journal articles a month and two professional books each year; (2) at least three-fourths read the newspaper daily, one magazine that was not a professional journal, and one book for pleasure reading monthly; however, (3) only half of the respondents reported that administrators where they worked shared research and other professional writing at meetings; (4) only about 40% of the respondents felt that their colleagues frequently referred to ideas and research from professional readings; and (5) respondents felt they did not have enough time for personal or professional reading on the job or at home. Findings suggest that many educators are serving as powerful role-models for life-long literacy; however, ideas that may be helpful in the way educators perceive themselves as readers include: set aside specific time to read and discuss with colleagues; and keep current with professional reading. Administrators should also realize that sharing current professional literature is a cost-cutting means of inservice education. Contains 13 references. (RS)
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Reading Attitudes, Reading Habits, Reading Research, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior
Northern Illinois University, Reading Clinic, 119 Graham Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115 ($3.50 postage included).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb. Curriculum and Instruction Reading Clinic.
Identifiers: Illinois (North); Teacher Surveys