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ERIC Number: ED454493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 27
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Students' Views on the Purposes of Reading from Three Perspectives - Students, Teachers and Parents.
Cosgrove, Maryellen S.
This paper addresses the analysis of surveys administered to prekindergarten through eighth grade students and the analysis of parent and teacher interviews in an effort to determine why children read, what they prefer to read, and how adults can further motivate them to read. The premise of the paper is that attitudes (feelings toward an activity) and purposes (reasons to engage in an activity) are just as vital as knowing how to read. The paper first presents a review of the literature and then explains that the survey, designed by graduate students, was distributed to 431 students in four counties in a state located in the southeastern United States. It states that two teachers whose students completed the survey were interviewed, as were 22 parents. The paper reports that the data analysis indicated a significant disconnect between teachers' perceived notions of the purposes of their students' reading and the students' expressed purposes of why they read and what they want to read. It also reports that none of the students who regarded themselves as "poor" readers have a positive attitude toward reading, whereas 71% of the students who read "well" do enjoy reading, and recommends that educators become more aware that students who perceive themselves as weak readers have poor attitudes and have different reading preferences and purposes than more accomplished readers. The paper concludes with eight guidelines for improving reading skills and motivation. Contains 38 references and 5 tables of data. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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