ERIC Number: ED356447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
The Relationship of Gender to Attitudes about Academic and Recreational Reading.
Cloer, Thomas, Jr.; Pearman, Beverly
A study investigated differences between males' and females' attitude toward recreational and academic reading. The study also analyzed similarities and differences between teachers' attitudes and the attitudes of male and female pupils, as well as the relationship between teachers' and students' attitudes. Subjects (280 pupils and 18 teachers in grades 1-3, and 315 pupils and 16 teachers in grades 4-6) completed McKenna and Kear's Elementary Reading Attitude Survey. Findings showed that: (1) teachers had a higher mean score than boys or girls in grades 1-3 on recreational reading attitude, but not on academic reading attitude; (2) boys' scores on both recreational and academic reading attitudes in grades 4-6 dropped significantly, as did girls' scores on academic reading attitude; (3) there were no significant differences in recreational or academic reading attitudes of boys versus girls in grades 1-3; and (4) there were significant differences between recreational reading attitudes of boys and girls in grades 4-6, all of whom had poorer academic reading attitudes than in grades 1-3. (Five tables of data are included.) (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Reading Forum (Sanibel Island, FL, December 9-12, 1992).