ERIC Number: ED189581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
The Reading Interests of Gifted Students and Curriculum Adaptations in the Secondary School: A Comparison Over Time.
Van Nord, Joan E.
A survey of the reading choices made by academically gifted secondary school students was conducted in 1978 to determine if these choices differed from those revealed in a survey undertaken at the same school in 1973. It was hypothesized that there would be only minor changes in patterns of interest by grade. A total of 172 students completed the survey. They were given oral instructions to consider only topics they chose to read about, outside of school assignments, when they read for pleasure or for personal information. They were also asked to report only on subjects about which they had read during the current school year. The hypothesis of the study was not proven. There were large changes in reading interest and choice patterns between the two survey periods that could not be accounted for by differences in the population surveyed. However, although there was little relationship in percentage patterns of reading interests, there was some consistency in general trends. Topics that were popular in 1973 were popular in 1978, but the strength of student interest varied. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Curriculum Lab.
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