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ERIC Number: ED130254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 7
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An Investigation of Reading Interests of Children.
Carter, Sylvia
This study was prompted by the lack of consistency in defining the interests, both general and in the area of reading, of children in the primary grades. Analysis of more than 15 introductory texts used to teach reading indicated that interest measurement is based on certain unquestioned theoretical assumptions. Students in 27 first- through third-grade classes from a southeastern metropolitan school system were given individual-interest interviews and were exposed to group-interest measurement techniques. In addition, primary-level classroom teachers were observed in the effort to interpret their inferences concerning student interests. Data suggest that pupils' expressed interests did not reflect their reading interests; that, although teachers could interpret general student interest with a fair degree of accuracy, this accuracy did not extend to reading interests; that, in more than 60% of the cases, teachers could not recommend a book for pupils on the basis of interest; and that retesting after a four-month interval indicated a significant change in students' expressed interests. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (20th, Miami, October 20-23, 1976)