ERIC Number: ED221849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
What Brings the Reader to Reading?
Stronks, Gloria Goris
A study was conducted to explore the reading habits, interests, and attitudes of older readers. One hundred and twenty readers aged 60 to 64 years participated in the Adult Inventory of Reading Interests and Attitudes (AIRIA) and were classified as minimal, moderate, and avid book readers. Fifty-five of these subjects were then interviewed. Among the results were the following: (1) three-fourths reported that worry changed the amount of time they spent reading; (2) avid and moderate readers mentioned that if they were able to read encouraging books during periods of depression, such reading material could help them through those periods; (3) female minimal and moderate readers indicated they had been taught that work was far more important than reading and spoke with nostalgia of the childhood years when there was not so much work and they were able to read more; (4) minimal readers epxressed a desire to be drawn back into reading, wishing that they had learned to enjoy reading more during the earlier years; (5) many women recognized a pattern of reading preferences parallel to their social role as females; and (6) those reading very little expressed a deep concern that schools not only teach children how to read but also teach them to love reading. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Plains Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (10th, Omaha, NE, September 30-October 2, 1982).