ERIC Number: ED195935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of Some Characteristics of Selected Eighth and Ninth Graders at Different Stages in Reading Attitude Development.
Scott, Shirley Ann
A study investigated factors in the backgrounds and present status of eighth and ninth grade inner city students at different stages of reading attitude development and examined how those factors compared from stage to stage. The 50 participants, 48 of whom were black, were administered three attitude measures. Data concerning student conduct, grades, attendance, reading scores, and home background were obtained from school records. The responses were analyzed for student placement at attitude stages--attending, valuing, organization, and characterization. Among the findings were: (1) although the students had similar backgrounds, they displayed a large range of reading attitudes; (2) fathers' recreational reading related to students' attitude development more than mothers' recreational reading; (3) students whose reading attitude development had not reached the mastery of any stage seemed to be low in reading level, conduct, and grades, as well as in word recognition strategies; (4) parents and teachers were influential in motivating students at all stages of reading development; (5) although some students at the valuing, organization, and characterization stages had similar reading behaviors as those at lower stages, most students at the higher level stages demonstrated better conduct, made better grades, and used consistent strategies for attacking unknown words. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Educational Specialist, Georgia State University.