ERIC Number: ED435975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
Encouraging Recreational Reading in the Elementary Grades.
Blaisdell, Pat; De Young, Jennifer; Hutchinson, Sandy; Pedersen, Susan
This report describes a program encouraging students to choose reading as a recreational activity. The targeted population consisted of first, second, third, and fourth grade students in a growing middle class community, near a large Midwestern city. The problem of students choosing recreational activities other than reading was documented through data collected from surveys given to students, parents, and teachers. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students chose other recreational activities than reading. The influence of technology, the lack of positive role models, the lack of opportunity to read in the classroom, a narrow view of the value of reading, and the students' perceptions of themselves as readers negatively impacted the choice of reading as a recreational activity. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of three major interventions: implementation of sustained silent reading, reading aloud to students in class, and parent involvement encouraging recreational reading. The data collected and analyzed at the conclusion of the action research project indicated that the students' attitudes towards recreational reading were positively impacted by the interventions. Students' choices on a survey of free-time activities showed a doubling of the number of students who chose reading as their first choice. The survey indicated a decrease in the number of students who chose playing video games and watching television as their first choice of activities. Data also indicated an increase in the average number of minutes spent in reading at home daily. (Contains 36 references and 7 figures of data. Appendixes contain survey instruments, data, permission letters, book logs, and "reading calendars" for each grade level.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.