ERIC Number: ED479485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
The Effects of Weekly, Sustained Silent Reading Time on Recreational Reading Habits and Attitudes in a 9th Grade English Class.
Kirby, Mary C.
Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) has been around in various forms for over 40 years. While this subject has received much study in elementary schools, the influence of SSR on typical, non-at-risk high school students' reading habits appears to be lacking. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of SSR on ninth grade students' recreational reading habits. A questionnaire was developed to address how this practice affected the students' recreational reading habits over a two-month period. This questionnaire was administered both at the beginning and end of the two-month period, and determined change in students' perceptions of SSR on their recreational reading habits. Students responded by noting that SSR introduced them to genres that they may not have otherwise read. Students felt they did increase the number of books they read throughout the time of the study. Participants in the study overwhelmingly stated that they were glad they participated in SSR each week. Students in both the pre- and post-questionnaires indicated that they read for the majority of the time allotted for SSR. Appendixes contain the student questionnaire and silent reading packet. (Contains 4 figures and 13 references.) (Author/PM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Appendix B, a sustained silent reading pamphlet, is not available from ERIC.