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ERIC Number: ED331003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 11
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Reading Aloud to Children: What Children Have To Say.
Ayers, Sam
A study was conducted to survey the attitudes of elementary students toward read-aloud experiences. Subjects were 575 children in grades one through six. The results of first grade students were omitted due to inconsistencies in their responses. The remaining grade level distribution consisted of 137 second graders, 121 third graders, 145 fourth graders, 119 fifth graders, and 53 sixth graders. Results indicated positive responses when children were asked if they liked to be read to and if they were read to at home. When asked about frequency of the read-aloud experiences, less than half of the primary children reported being read to at least once a week and the frequency decreased among the intermediate children, especially boys. Both primary and intermediate children reported reading to other children. When asked what they like to know about a book before it is read to them they responded with the highest percentages for the author's name and the title. Eighty percent of the primary students and 87% of the intermediate students like to talk about a book after it is read. When asked what kind of books students enjoyed, primary students gave the greatest responses for rhymes/jokes/riddles, picture books, and fiction/fantasy; intermediate students responded with the highest percentages for fiction/fantasy and rhymes/jokes/riddles. Students indicated the following as materials they enjoy reading at home: magazines, encyclopedias, books, comics, and newspapers. Students indicated a wide variety of responses when asked what they thought was the best thing about having someone read to you. (MG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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