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ERIC Number: ED259304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Pages: 47
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Differences in Book Choices for Reading Pleasure between Second through Fifth Grade Boys and Girls.
Watson, Mary
A total of 230 second through fifth grade boys and girls from five private schools in the San Francisco Bay area were asked to keep a record of the books they read for pleasure over the period of a month to determine whether there were differences between the books chosen across the grades and between sexes. The students recorded the books on a record sheet according to name of book, author, fiction/nonfiction, and the subject category of the book. Data showed that although there were many similarities in the types of books chosen for reading pleasure by second through fifth grade girls and boys, there were also significant differences in the choices they made. Girls read many more books in the category of family stories than did boys. They also read more romance and historical fiction. Boys read more books about animals and science than did girls. Two major findings not found in previous research were (1) that girls tended to read more books written by women authors and boys more books written by men authors, and that, in the case of the girls, they read more books by women authors as they matured; and (2) that students read less nonfiction as they grew older. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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