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ERIC Number: ED391143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 13
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What Is the Effect of Recreational Reading on Reading Achievement of Middle Grade Students?
Arthur, Janise E.
A study investigated whether middle-school students who identify recreational reading as a hobby obtain significantly higher reading achievement scores than those middle-school students who have not identified recreational reading as a hobby. Subjects, 55 students in grades 4, 5, and 6 at the Earle Elementary Public School located in a predominantly low socio-economic neighborhood, completed a hobbies and interest checklist. Five students who identified themselves as recreational readers and five students who did not identify recreational reading as a hobby were randomly selected and had their reading achievement scores from the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills compared. Results indicated that recreational readers in grade 4 had higher reading achievement scores than students who were not recreational readers. Results also indicated no statistically significant differences in reading achievement scores for recreational and nonrecreational readers in grades 5 and 6. Recommendations include: (1) primary grade students should be read to by their teachers daily; (2) silent sustained reading should occur at the beginning of each school day; (3) school staff members should be offered a professional development program to explore the influence of recreational reading in reading achievement; and (4) a parent education program that will guide them in how to nurture and support reading by choice should be implemented. (Contains nine references and one table of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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