ERIC Number: ED214106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Television Viewing and Leisure Reading: A Qualitative Analysis.
Neuman, Susan B.
A study was conducted to determine whether students' preferences for reading or for viewing television were related to the quality of their leisure reading choices. The families of 198 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students were asked to complete television and reading logs for four weeks. Sixty-six students were identified from this sample as representing either the upper or the lower quartiles in terms of their leisure reading behavior (number of books read per month) or their television viewing habits (number of hours watched per week). Four groups emerged in the following categories: (1) heavy viewing/heavy reading, (2) light viewing/heavy reading, (3) light viewing/light reading, and (4) heavy viewing/light reading. The quality of the leisure reading choices for each of the four groups was analyzed using a modification of the W. F. Gray and B. Rogers Maturity in Reading Scale. The results indicated that students in the fourth group, heavy viewing/light reading, tended to choose books of lower quality than the other groups. (Author/HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).