ERIC Number: ED367337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Reading Interests of Young Adults in Medina County, Ohio.
Fronius, Sandra K.
The purpose of this study was to determine the reading interests of the young adult participants in the summer reading program at Medina County District Library (Ohio). Findings were compared to research done in other locations and to current bibliographies of recommended reading for young adults. The study looked at a systematic sample of reader response forms taken from the young adult summer program. These forms asked for the reader's name, phone number, school and grade, and title and author of book. The participant was asked to circle which library branch was used, to choose one of nine categories for the book (love story, mystery/suspense, historical fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, humor, or horror/occult), and to rate the book as"Great!!!""O.K." or "No Way!" The major findings of the study were that more girls than boys participated; most girls preferred different categories than did boys; the favorite categories were realistic fiction and mystery/suspense; none of the seven favorite authors (i.e., R. L. Stine, Francine Pascal, Ann M. Martin, Christopher Pike, Carolyn Keene, Stephen King, and Lurlene McDaniel) are found on "Best Books" lists; and there was a noticeable variety of interests. The reader response form is included in the appendix. (Contains 32 references.) (JLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Behavior; Reading Lists
Note: M.L.S. Research Paper, Kent State University.