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ERIC Number: ED024526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May-9
Pages: 41
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A Comparative Study of the Reading Interests of Amish and English Sixth Graders.
Brenneman, Roger L.
The reading interests of a sixth-grade class of 12 Amish and 23 non-Amish children in a rural school in northern Indiana were compared to determine the impact of home environment and the mass media on children's reading interests. Data gathered through questionnaires and records of books read within a period of 4 weeks showed that reading ranked highest as a leisure time activity among the Amish children and non-Amish girls. Television viewing was a first choice for the non-Amish boys and a second choice for the non-Amish girls. On the average, a greater number of books was read by the Amish children. Hobbies were not mentioned as leisure time interests by the Amish children. Amish boys preferred animal and sport stories; Amish girls chose biographies and family and home stories. The non-Amish children read in more interest areas and favored mysteries, biographies, and stories of other lands and people. These results point out the strong influence of a strict religious home environment on children's recreational activities and interests. (NS)
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