ERIC Number: ED254824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Are Our College-Bound Juniors and Seniors Mature Readers?
Maring, Gerald H.; Warner, Dennis
A 15-minute reading inventory was administered to 188 students in seven rural districts to assess and compare the reading maturity of the college-bound juniors and seniors in those districts. Results showed that on a leisure reading attitude scale, the college-bound students had an average score of 60 points with 20 being the lowest and 100 the highest possible scores. Rural students spent an average of 68 minutes reading leisure books on a typical vacation day. They also reported reading 12 different kinds of books during the past year. When the findings were compared with those of a nationally representative sampling of seventh grade students and college freshmen, it was determined that there were no significant differences among the various groups in attitude toward leisure book reading. However, the rural, college-bound high school student group did spend more time in leisure book reading during vacation times than did university freshmen. Also, the rural group's average time devoted to leisure book reading was significantly greater than the average times of each of the other groups. Finally, the rural high school students seemed to have a wider breadth of reading interests and listed more reasons for reading than did university freshmen. (The paper includes 15 suggestions for developing maturity in reading in small, rural schools.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Reading Research Conference of the Washington Organization for Reading Development of the International Reading Association (9th, February 1984).