ERIC Number: ED346432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Effects of Required Reading Time on Sixth Graders' Attitudes toward Reading.
Pettengill, Sally A.
A study tested the hypothesis that students who were required to read a book of their choice for 15 minutes per night would have a more positive attitude toward reading than similar students who did not have that assignment. The Estes Attitude Scale for reading was given to two classes (high group and low group) of sixth graders in central Virginia that had this homework and two similar classes that had no reading time as homework. Eighty students, 45 female and 35 male, participated in the study. Mean scores on the attitude scale were similar for both classes that had the homework and the high group that did not have the homework, but the mean score for the low group that did not have the homework was found to be significantly lower, indicating a more negative attitude. Results suggested that this homework seemed to affect the attitudes of only the lower-level students. However, there were other factors that could have affected the results, so the topic needs further study. (Four figures of data are included; 16 references and 2 appendixes containing the attitude survey and the script used when administering the survey are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Estes Attitude Scale