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ERIC Number: ED223539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Reading Attitudes of Prospective Teachers.
Wood, Karlyn E.
An informal survey examined education students' recollections about learning to read to gain insights about their reading attitudes. It was anticipated that, as a result of the study, subsequent courses education majors would take in reading instruction and/or in their field experiences might need to be modified. The survey was conducted over a three-semester period with students who had attended a seminar on reading instruction during which they responded in writing to the question, "What do you recall about learning to read?" Responses were analyzed for attitudes toward reading and were assigned to one of three attitudinal categories: positive, negative, or neutral recollections about reading. Neutral recollections formed the largest category in the survey; positive and negative attitudes were almost evenly divided. Most of the positive recollections dealt with personal enjoyment of reading, while there were several negative recollections about oral reading in school. Study results suggest that, without course work which would stress the positive, appropriate, and practical use of oral reading in the classroom, prospective teachers may shy away from having students read orally. Responses also indicate that the pleasure that reading can offer ought to be reinforced along with methods and skills in all courses in reading instruction. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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