ERIC Number: ED405737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reading: Students' Attitudes and Interests in Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades in Official Portuguese Schools in the USA (A Leitura: Atitudes e Preferencias dos Educandos do 4th, 5th, e 6th Anos de Escolaridade nas Escolas Oficiais Portuguesas nos Estados Unidos da America).
Castanho, Maria da Graca Borges
A study investigated attitudes and preferences concerning reading among fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students in Portuguese-language schools in the United States. Extrinsic factors influencing students (parents, teachers) were also analyzed. The research took place in 10 schools in 5 states. Data were obtained using questionnaires (students) and interviews (parents, teachers, school administrators, members of the Portuguese consulate, coordinators of Portuguese language teaching in the United States and Canada). Results show that the students have a relatively positive attitude toward written texts in Portuguese; 80 percent read the material when it meets their needs and interests. The range of preferences varied according to the student's age, teacher's exceptional work, and student access to reading material. It also found that parents play an important role in developing children's positive attitudes toward the Portuguese community and in keeping the Portuguese language alive at home through oral communication. Parents and teachers were found to be poor reading models because they did not appreciate this activity on a personal or professional level. Reading materials sent by the Portuguese education department did not fulfill either teachers' or students' needs. Suggestions for supporting reading activities in home and school are offered. Survey instruments are included. Contains 143 references. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Intermediate Grades, Language Attitudes, Language of Instruction, Parent Influence, Portuguese, Reading Attitudes, Reading Habits, Reading Material Selection, Role Models, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Interests, Teacher Influence
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Lesley College, Massachusetts.