ERIC Number: ED223994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
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A Profile of the Lifetime Reader: Implications for Instruction and Resource Utilization.
Duncan, Patricia H.; Goggin, William F.
To identify the profile of the active older reader, indepth taped interviews were conducted with 23 retired individuals for whom reading was an important part of daily living experience. Demographic data indicated that the highest education level attained varied from grammar school to a master's degree. Developmentally, the lifetime reader demonstrated an early interest in reading. Impressions of recalled reading instruction included learning by the whole word method, instruction using adventure stories, and time spent in free reading corners of the classroom. The mother was influential as a model and as the person who most frequently read to the child. Favorite childhood books included fairy tales, adventure and series books, and many children's classics. Reading interests and patterns of the young and middle years were similar to the subjects' current reading behaviors. Early morning reading was favored by 53% with bedtime reading enjoyed by 43% of the group. Categories of fiction most frequently identified were historical novels, best sellers, and mystery and suspense. Biography and history were clear nonfiction preferences. Regardless of cost or transportation, all knew how and where to get the types of materials they wanted to read. An interesting revelation was that the readers preferred an intimate sharing of reading, preferably with relatives and close friends. Implications drawn from the profile suggest possible modifications of current teaching and organizational strategies which might foster lifelong reading habits. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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