ERIC Number: ED167946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes towards Reading and the Teaching of Reading in Final Year Student Teachers.
Schofield, Hilary L.; Start, K. B.
An instrument for measuring teacher attitudes toward reading and the teaching of reading and for relating reading attitudes and achievement within teachers was constructed with 15 concepts measured on ten scales. In 1974, the instrument and a reading achievement test were administered to 317 final-year elementary school student teachers in five teachers' colleges. In 1976, the same instruments were administered again, this time to 289 final-year elementary school student teachers in two colleges. In general, the 1976 study confirmed the 1974 findings. Specifically, the results showed the following: the relationship between reading attitude and achievement within teachers did not appear to be strong; positive attitudes toward teaching reading appeared to be unrelated to reading achievement; attitudes associated with positive valuations of reading, the teaching of reading, and literature were linked together; female teachers showed both higher achievement and more favorable reading attitudes than did males; self-concept appeared to be unrelated to reading achievement, but teachers with higher self-concepts appeared to have more favorable attitudes toward their own reading, the teaching of reading, and the pupil than did teachers with lower self-esteem; and personal adjustment appeared positively related to positive valuations of reading and the teaching of reading in both sexes. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Reading Conference (3rd, Melbourne, Australia, August 28-31, 1977)