ERIC Number: ED416452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-12
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Eighth Grade Students from a South Texas Middle School Who Participated in 30-Minute Required Reading Periods of Self-Selected Books.
Rodriguez, Cecilia; Lira, Juan R.
A study focused on 41 eighth-grade students from a south Texas middle school who read self-selected books for 30-minute periods 5 times weekly from October 1996 to May 1997 to determine if increased reading time and book self-selection would improve their reading achievement. The study also sought to determine the students' attitudes towards reading. To determine reading achievement, a comparison was made of the 1996 and 1997 Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) Reading scores and the pre- and posttest normal curve equivalent (NCE) scores of the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test, Level E, Form 1. A survey determined students' attitudes towards reading after the required reading. To analyze the data, a t-test was used to determine any significant improvement in reading achievement. Results indicated there was no significant improvement in reading achievement as measured by the tests. Nonetheless, the subgroup of ESL (English as a Second Language) students did show significant gains on the TAAS Reading Test. Students' self-reported data indicated they read an average of 3.12 books in sixth grade, 4.66 in seventh grade, and 12.4 books in eighth grade. These differences were found to be statistically significantly different between grades 6 and 8 and between grades 7 and 8. Although there was no overall significant improvement in reading achievement, students' positive attitudes towards the required reading and the increase in the numbers of books read suggest that the required reading should continue, with some modifications to help ensure higher gains in achievement by all students. (Extensive tables of data are included. Contains 42 references; a sample student survey, survey results, and test results are appended.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Gates MacGinitie Reading Tests; Texas Assessment of Academic Skills