ERIC Number: ED391346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Gifted Middle Grade Readers: Attitudes and Interests in the 90's.
Stange, Terrence V.; Carter, Ellen J.
This qualitative study examined the attitudes and interests of 284 gifted readers in grades 6, 7, and 8. Students were from a high socioeconomic status, suburban school district in the midwestern United States and were either identified as gifted or had a history of involvement in a program for the gifted. Data collection instruments included a three-part Likert rating of interest for 34 reading genre and the Mikulecky Behavioral Reading Attitude Measure (MBRAM). The following conclusions were drawn: readers displayed a high interest in mystery, humor, fiction, and magazines. They showed a low interest for reference, health, westerns, religion, geography, math, computer science, and how-to books. When the five stages of attitude internalization were evaluated from the MBRAM, it was found that females dominated the representation across grade levels and stages of attitude internalization with only slight differences evident in grade 7 for attending stage. Females also dominated at the higher levels of attitude internalization such as valuing, organization, and characterization. Declining interest in reading and in number of genres with age was also found. Results suggest a need for curriculum to incorporate genres of high interest while working to expand the number of genres of interest to middle school students. (Contains 11 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association (40th, Anaheim, CA, May 2, 1995).