ERIC Number: ED200920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
A Survey of Reading Habits: Elementary School Teachers vs. Secondary School Teachers.
Joseph, Karen; Polonsky, Joanne
Forty-four secondary school teachers and 43 elementary school teachers were surveyed to determine their reading habits. The survey instrument elicited (1) demographic information, (2) purpose for reading, (3) types and number of books read in a six-month period, (4) types and number of newspapers read, (5) number of professional and nonprofessional magazines read in a month, and (6) amount of time spent in leisure reading. The results showed that both male and female elementary school teachers read primarily for current events. Male secondary school teachers read primarily for self-education, while female teachers read most often for recreation. All of the surveyed teachers had read at least one book in the six-month period, with approximately 75% of the elementary and 60% of the secondary school teachers reading up to ten books during that period. There was no significant difference in the types of books, newspapers, and magazines read by the two groups. Overall, secondary school teachers did more reading than did their elementary school colleagues, especially leisure reading. The findings also revealed that most reading by the two groups was not job related. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M. A. Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey.