ERIC Number: ED137723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Sexism at Six and Seven--As Reflected in the Reading Interests of the Very Young.
Kirsch, Dorothy I.
In order to study whether sex as a reading-interest determinant has lessened as the women's movement has strengthened, the reading interests of 161 first-grade and second-grade girls and boys were studied by conducting one-to-one interviews with the children in Glen Cove, New York, in the spring of 1976. Answers were tabulated in seven categories. Results were compared to earlier studies conducted in the same manner in 1972 in 13 schools in the United States and in 9 foreign countries, when significant differences were found between boys' and girls' interests in the United States but not in the other countries. Although first-grade boys and girls in the spring of 1976 expressed significant differences in category preferences, the results are less pronounced than in the previous studies. Analysis of second-grade category preferences by sex in 1976 showed no significant differences between boys and girls. Fiction categories were most popular at both grade levels for both boys and girls. The second most popular categories were current (1970s) information for boys and scientific information for girls. Implications for instruction are discussed and sources of interest are noted. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association World Congress on Reading (6th, Singapore, August 17-19, 1976)