ERIC Number: ED204744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reading Interest Patterns of Adults at Three Educational Levels.
Haase, Ann Marie Bernazza; And Others
A study was conducted to analyze and compare the reading interests of adults from three educational levels. Fourteen adults in a community college reading center, 20 adults from various professional occupations, and 23 adults from a reading education class were given a reading interest inventory concerned with their reading habits and preferences and with the types of television and movies they watched. A comparison of the results from each group showed many similarities. Most adults tended to read between one and three magazine titles regularly and were interested in current events. A significant portion of each group--except the reading center group--read a newspaper every day, with each group favoring the front page. The reading class and professional group members had each read approximately three books per person just prior to the study, while book reading was apparently not popular with the reading center group. Motion picture and television program preference appeared to be similar across the three groups, with most subjects attending movies regularly for entertainment, escape, and to watch a good story. Information and entertainment were listed as primary reasons for television viewing. As the educational level of the adults in this study increased, they read a greater quantity as well as a greater variety of material. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (30th, San Diego, CA, December 3-6, 1980).