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ERIC Number: ED248488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Student and Teacher Attitudes toward Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading.
Combs, Carol; Van Dusseldorp, Ralph
A study was conducted to determine the attitudes of teachers and students toward a program of uninterrupted sustained silent reading (USSR) operating in their school. The 14 teachers and 136 students in grades three through six were questioned about their attitudes toward the program. Teachers were also asked for opinions about USSR's effect on student achievement, perceptions of students' reading habits, and whether a relationship existed between students' interest in USSR and reading ability. The responses indicated that 84% of the students said they read most or all of the time during USSR periods. Only 2.3% said they did not read. A comparable percentage of teachers read during most or all of the USSR periods. Most teachers and students agreed that their room was usually quiet during USSR periods. The teachers felt that students had increased their reading since the program was initiated, with 58% reporting that their students read a lot more. None felt that their students' reading habits had remained unchanged. Most of the students who perceived a change in their reading habits were in the fourth grade, where nearly half said they read a lot more since the program began. In the sixth grade, 75% of the boys and 50% of the girls said their reading habits had not changed since the program began. The results also indicated overwhelming support for keeping USSR in the school's reading program. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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