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ERIC Number: ED314719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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The Leisure Time of Interested and Uninterested Readers.
McEady-Gillead, Betty
A study was conducted to draw attention to how sixth graders use their leisure time and to suggest some implications for reading and literacy instruction. Subjects were 723 sixth-grade students in six middle schools in Northern California. The sixth-graders completed the California Media and Library Educators Association Literature/Reading Survey for Library/Media Specialists and Teachers, an 82-item multiple choice survey. Results showed that although most subjects expressed an interest in reading, few of the interested readers spent their leisure time reading, regardless of the community and racial factors. The out-of-school activity ranked highest according to the survey is "watch TV" (10.14 frequency) while reading ranked fifth, with a frequency of 6.85. If educators want young adolescents to increase their leisure reading, then they must provide more opportunities for adolescents to participate in out-of-school activities that play a role in literacy development and advancement. Future research should assess the degree of media distraction, suggest ways to use media and nonprint material to influence literacy behavior, and suggest ways to make textbooks more interesting. (Two figures are included, and 18 references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: California