ERIC Number: ED320137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
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Reading Habits of Inservice and Preservice Educators.
Warncke, Edna; Powell, Janet
A study gathered information concerning the reading habits and attitudes of three groups of educators: 249 preservice teachers, 89 inservice teachers, and 65 teacher educators. A self-reported survey questionnaire was used to gather the data. When asked whether they enjoy reading, 89% of the preservice, 100% of the inservice, and 92% of the teacher educators responded positively. Results indicated that inservice and teacher educators spend more hours per week reading for pleasure than preservice teachers. Fiction was the overwhelming favorite across all groups, and children's books rated sixth overall and were read more by preservice teachers than by inservice or teacher educators. Adult non-fiction and magazines were the favorites in the non-fiction category. Textbooks and job-related materials were low priority reading across all groups, but especially for the preservice teachers. Inservice teachers reported reading journals more than teacher educators and preservice teachers. Inservice teachers were slightly more inclined to consider themselves to be avid readers than the other two groups. Results indicated that the reading habits of these educators seem to reflect a value of reading. The inservice teachers may need to be encouraged to read more professional journals, and the overall reporting of reading children's books was low across all groups. (Eight tables of data and the survey used are included.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (Philadelphia, PA, November 3-5, 1989).