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ERIC Number: ED412965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 9
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Libraries and Reading Habits among Elementary School Children: The Concept of the Classroom Collection.
Shoham, Snunith
The elementary school regards the development of reading skills and the cultivation of free reading among the students as one of its tasks. One of its ways of achieving this is to operate libraries in the school. Some schools provide only a central library. Some societies or locales, however, also believe in operating classroom collections in the elementary grades, so as to increase children's exposure to books and reading. The reading habits of 301 fourth-grade students in Israel were examined in this study. Reading was measured by amount of reading, average number of hours per day devoted to free reading, and having library-borrowed books at home. The students in schools with both class and central libraries scored the highest on amount of reading; schools with class libraries but no central library were the second highest. Time devoted to reading showed similar percentages of intensive readers in the combined and class library-only schools. The criterion of having a library-borrowed book at home also found combined libraries in the highest place (91%) followed by central libraries (85%) and class libraries (77%). A class library is not a substitute for a central collection, with its variety and different levels of material, and the services of a professional librarian. A class library can only constitute one approach among different approaches that can encourage children's reading. (Contains 20 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel