ERIC Number: ED407653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Gender Differences in Reading Attitudes.
A study examined gender differences in reading attitudes among school age children. The hypothesis was that school age children in grades K-8 regard reading as a predominately feminine activity. Subjects were 269 students, grades K-8, from a low-income, urban school setting. Students completed Reading Attitude Surveys, modified from the Downing Object Activity Opinion Survey. The first survey was given to grades K-3, and the second was presented to students in grades 4-8. Results indicated that the overall majority of students see reading as an activity more suitable for girls, supporting the study's hypothesis. Findings suggest that these perceptions intensify with age for both boys and girls. Findings also revealed that the most dramatic increase in this perception seems to take place around grade 5. (Contains 3 tables of data and 25 references; related literature and 2 sample survey forms are appended.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Project, Kean College of New Jersey.