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ERIC Number: ED346871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 85
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State Book Award Programs: Putting Children's Choices in the Media Collection. A Scholarly Study.
Greer, Barbara A.
The purpose of this study was to examine children's choice state book award programs to determine their impact on the media collection and, ultimately, on what students were reading. Questionnaires were sent to 40 randomly selected schools in 5 states (Georgia, Ohio, Texas, California, and Vermont) with active (1991-1992) state book award programs. Data were collected on demographics, funding, selection process, participation factors, media collection, and student checkout of award winning books. Descriptive statistics were used to answer the research questions. Responses received from 62% of the schools surveyed indicated that 53.2% of the respondents consistently participated in their state book award programs with another 20.2% participating some of the time; most schools had participated for more than 4 years. Generally, the schools surveyed had under 1,000 students served by a full-time media specialist and a full-time clerk (24.2%) or a full-time media specialist (29.8%). Funding seemed to play a minor part (16.9%) in a school's participation in their state book award program. Another major finding indicated that over a third of the schools surveyed purchased all titles on the nominees/winners list. It was also shown that, if given a choice, students preferred to check out the children's choice state book award winners over the adult-chosen award books such as the Newbery or Caldecott. The results of this study indicate that children's choice state book award programs have had an effect on the media collection and on student's reading. Appendices provide a list of the addresses for sponsors of the state book award programs 1991-1992 from whom responses were received and a letter to sponsors requesting information; the survey questionnaire and cover letter to media specialists; and respondents' comments from the questionnaire. (29 references) (Author/BBM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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