ERIC Number: ED248487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Interestingness of Children's Reading Material. Technical Report No. 323.
Anderson, Richard C.; And Others
The results of a series of investigations into the effect on children's learning and recall of interest are summarized in this report. The report describes investigations using sentences, showing that interest has a pervasive effect on learning that is independent of the relationship between attention and learning. It then presents two compatible theories of interest--one dealing with what makes sentences interesting and one concerning story interest. Finally, the report comments on the contrast between the "interestingness" of children's trade books on the one hand and their basal readers and content area textbooks on the other, concluding that schools should promote the reading of trade books as part of the curriculum. (Author/FL)
Descriptors: Basal Reading, Comparative Analysis, Content Analysis, Content Area Reading, Elementary Education, Influences, Learning Processes, Motivation Techniques, Reading Instruction, Reading Interests, Reading Material Selection, Reading Materials, Reading Research, Sentence Structure, Student Motivation, Textbooks
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.