ERIC Number: ED315730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-26
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College Students' Views of Reading.
Nelson, Robert L.
In order to get some idea of how 18- to 25-year-olds felt about some of their reading moments in school, a reading interest survey was given to 189 college students at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. Females reacted more positvely to questions about the impact of teachers, home life, and methods on their feelings for reading. Oral reading was disliked by these students when they were in elementary school, and assigned readings were disliked most in high school. The factor listed most often as influencing the development of a real love of reading was caring teachers who were models of reading to their classes, and whose love for reading was apparent. Recommendations based on the survey include: (1) reading materials need to be interesting and life-like; (2) reading groups should be modified and possibly changed frequently enough so that a student is not stigmatized; (3) oral reading should be carefully watched and purposefully used; (4) an attempt should be made to promote reading in the home; (5) teachers must care about students and show that they care; and (6) teachers need to be models of reading. (The survey results and a list of books that left a lasting impression on the students are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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