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ERIC Number: ED064674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Pages: 130
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The Retired Adult Reader: His Reading Interests and Choices and the Readability Levels of Them.
Moshey, Kathleen M. Slayton
A survey conducted individually with 50 retired adult readers (10 males and 40 females), who are middle or upper-middle class former professionals, was made in central New Jersey to determine their reading choices and to compare personal factors of sex, physical condition, and social activity with the number of books read in a six month period. Of those surveyed, 74% preferred biographies, 68% preferred travel books, and 62% preferred fiction. All of the males read newspapers and 90% read books and magazines, whereas 90% of the females read newspapers and 87.5% read books and magazines. The mean readability level of books listed was 8.3, though proportionately more books had a readability level of 7; however, readability was not a factor in book selection. In another phase of the study some 67 other retired persons selected 99 books for which reading levels were calculated, and a list of materials read by retired adult persons was prepared. (Tables are included which (1) show the percentage of the population surveyed which had read or would like to read each book in the survey, including a citation of the reading level of each book, and (2) which picture the relationship between personal factors and book choices.) (Author/RD)
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Note: M.Ed. Thesis, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey