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ERIC Number: ED270735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-5
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Reading: A "Top Ten" Activity.
Gutknecht, Bruce
A review of National Assessment of Educational Progress findings presents a picture of the reading attitudes of a large segment of the American population, and of the relationship between reading attitudes and reading performance. The findings show that a negative attitude toward reading exists, and that it increases with each year spent in school. High reading performance, on the other hand, appears to be related to a positive attitude toward reading, kindergarten attendance, homework being assigned and completed, and higher levels of parental education. Many students have problems with reading that contribute to their negative feelings toward reading, such as a lack of comprehension skills. Poorly given reading assignments also contribute to students' negative reading attitudes. Teachers can help students find some worth and value in reading, thereby improving their attitude toward reading, by (1) involving students in only meaningful learning activities, (2) making accommodation for the varied ability levels of the students, (3) using written materials in the same way as any other instructional materials, and (4) avoiding the problems students have in comprehension. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (11th, Nashville, TN, November 2-5, 1985).