ERIC Number: ED459439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Creating Positive Attitudes toward Reading in Public Schools and Homeschools.
Gilmore, Deanna Peterschick
Learning environments have an impact on acquiring skills in reading as well as developing positive attitudes toward reading. Another variable that affects attitudes and aptitude toward reading is the "climate" or "environment" in which children learn their skills. This paper concentrates on the phenomenon that is reaching epic proportions in the nation, that of homeschooling. As part of a research project two public schools and two homeschools were observed over a period of seven months and 438 hours, and data were collected on the classroom techniques employed in each learning environment. A comparative analysis was made, using the following categories: provide metacognitive training; discuss students' beliefs; stress links between literature and students' lives; read often; read aloud to students; use high quality literature; avoid denigrating group placement; use peer tutors; use reading centers; use reading incentives; allow choice of reading material; use cooperative reading teams; use a recreational reading program; use questions to activate prior knowledge; have a positive classroom environment; and share books with others. Includes recommendations for practice. (Contains 22 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Washington Organization for Reading Development Conference (Seattle, WA, October 18-20, 2001).