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ERIC Number: ED310352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Middle School Students' Attitudes about Reading.
Duggins, James
A study was conducted to examine motivation as a precursor of reading achievement in middle school students. The California Media and Education Librarians' Literature Reading Survey (1984) was used as the instrument for collection of data. Sixth graders (n=753) of varying ability were studied in six different settings. Data were coded in 10 ethnic groups, listed as: Spanish Surname, Black, Other White, Filipino, Chinese, Indochinese, Korean, Other Non-White, Samoan, and Japanese. Some positive indications of the survey's reliability may be seen in the large gender differences among the sample: females were twice as likely as males to be interested in reading. The first year study revealed that 12-year-olds are more alike than different, and are equally apt to be interested/disinterested in reading, regardless of community or ethnic factors. One year later, a second study was conducted with the same subjects (now in grade 7) to assess any changes that may have occurred during the past year. It would seem that by age 13, about 10% of the students have begun to lose interest in reading, but 20%-30% have gained in interest. During the second study, the subjects were also asked to nominate friends in order to examine the friendship patterns derived for indications of clusters of interested/disinterested peers. An analysis of the services of libraries who serve middle school patrons was also included in order to assess the way they are perceived in adolescent society. (Forty-one references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California