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ERIC Number: ED030551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Pages: 6
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Interest and Comprehension in Sex-Typed Materials.
Klein, Howard A.
The effects of the main character's sex and occupation on fifth graders' interest in and comprehension of a story were investigated. Two fifth-grade-level stories of about 370 words were written about a pilot (interesting for boys), a ballet dancer (interesting for girls), and a social worker (equal appeal). Each story was written in two versions: one with a female main character and the other with a male main character. The readers' responses to each story were measured by a semantic differential scale and a six-point like-dislike statement scale. Three hundred and twelve boys and girls from 13 randomly selected Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, public school fifth-grade classrooms were chosen as subjects. The study concluded that boys and girls do react in distinct ways to the same content and that research can predict which content will have greater or lesser appeal for boys and girls. Additional conclusions and comments are presented. References are included. (RT)
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Note: Paper presented at the International Reading Association conference, Kansas City, Mo., Apr. 30-May 3, 1969