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ERIC Number: ED149299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Pages: 118
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Sex Roles in Reading Materials: Effects on Children's Reading Comprehension and Interest.
Metz, Susan Ellen Shapiro
Fifty-one fifth grade girls and 50 fifth grade boys participated in a study of the effects, on interest and comprehension, of stereotyped and nonstereotyped sex roles in reading materials. Reading materials consisted of eight 450-word stories about a main character who was either a pilot or a ballet dancer. Two plots were written for each occupation and versions of each plot were prepared with male and female main characters. Each child completed comprehension and interest measures for two stories. Among the findings were that the sex of the characters did not affect comprehension; boys preferred to read about masculine roles, regardless of character sex; girls preferred to read about either sex in feminine roles and about females in masculine roles; girls and boys found stories about females in masculine roles equally and highly interesting; the exclusion of stereotyped sex roles was detrimental to girls' interest in the materials; and character role was more important than character sex in influencing the reading interests of fifth graders. (AA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: M.Ed. Thesis, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey