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ERIC Number: ED138940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 137
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Interpreting Interests and Reading Interests of Pupils in Grades One through Three.
Carter, Sylvia McCoy
The purposes of this study were: (1) to investigate the general interests and the reading interests of pupils in first grade through third grade and (2) to investigate teachers' skills in interpreting interest data and in choosing literature for children. The sample consisted of 521 pupils and 18 teachers. Reading interests of the children were assessed by means of a structured drawing task which was administered and then repeated after a four-month interval. General interests were determined through guided interest interviews conducted with a subsample of 54 pupils. Based on the interview data, the teachers were asked to interpret pupil interests, to predict pupil reading interests, and to recommend a specific book for each pupil. Analysis of results indicated that the agreement between pupils' expressed general interests and their expressed reading interests was only 7%. In 64% of their interpretations, teachers agreed with pupils' expressed interests, whereas in predicting reading interests from interest data, the percent of agreement between pupil and teacher dropped to 24. Findings suggest that, if pupils' general interests do not reflect their reading interests, general interest data may not be a valuable aid to teachers in matching pupils with books. (Author/GW)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Georgia