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ERIC Number: ED266444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Finding the Road to Lifelong Reading.
Matheny, Constance; Lockledge, Ann
Case study research of adult lifelong readers' key experiences reveals that some of the crucial events resulting in love of reading took place prior to formal literature instruction. Results of interviews with about 60 adult readers of all ages--some of whom choose to read fiction, some of whom do not--indicate reasons readers give for their reading habits and identify commonalities among these readers. Many mentioned that beginning reading and liking to read occurred first in the family, and that oral reading experiences in school were not particularly conductive to reading enjoyment. Three categories of home influence were postulated: strong positive, weak positive, and negative. It appears that when the family has a strong positive influence for developing literacy, the school has relatively little effect on the students' reading attitudes. When the home has a negative impact on the student, either permanently or temporarily, the school probably has the greatest opportunity to influence attitudes. The home influence pattern suggests strategies to strengthen positive goals. Families with a strong positive influence on reading tend to appreciate and support booklists, rating systems, and thoughtful suggestions. Such strategies can become more expansive and directive for those students from homes with a weak positive reading influence. Finally, strategies for students from homes with negative influence provide support rather than opposition--books, a place to read them, and an adult modeling reading behavior. (Specific strategies to help students from each of these home environments are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
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