ERIC Number: ED169506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Survey on Reading as a Highly Masculine or Highly Feminine Activity.
Filangieri, Jerry S.
Questionnaires based on those developed by Albert J. Mazurkiewicz for his 1960 study were used in a survey to determine the attitudes of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and male and female teachers toward reading as a masculine or feminine activity and to determine if attitudes have changed since the earlier study. A total of 133 seventh grade students, 25 of their parents, and 25 teachers completed the questionnaires. The results showed that 66% of the fathers and 65% of the sons regarded reading as a mostly feminine activity, while 100% of the mothers and 92% of the daughters also regarded reading as a feminine activity. Of the teachers, 100% of the males regarded reading as a masculine activity and 100% of the females regarded it as a feminine activity. The findings indicate that children do have definite attitudes towards reading and that their attitudes reflect those of their parents. The findings do not differ materially from those of Mazurkiewicz's earlier study. (The Parent/Teacher questionnaire is appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis in Reading Specialization, Kean College of New Jersey