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ERIC Number: ED519116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
Addressing Socio-Economic Disparities in Non-Cognitive and Cognitive Skills through Summer Book Reading: Results from a Longitudinal Randomized Experiment
Kim, James S.; Guryan, Jonathan
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
There are several goals guiding this study. First, the authors use an experimental design to examine the causal effects of giving children 10 self-selected books over two summers. Second, they examine whether treatment effects are moderated by children's family income (i.e., eligibility for free- and reduced-price lunch). As a result, they examine whether the magnitude of the treatment effects differ for children who are eligible for free- and reduced-price lunch and those who are not. In spring 2007, a total of 991 Grade 4 children received parental consent to participate in their study. The results of study indicate the children's intrinsic motivation declines from the end of fourth-grade to the beginning of sixth-grade. At the same time, the decline in motivation is slower during the school year than during the summer, suggesting that schools play an important role in maintaining children's intrinsic motivation to read. There is also evidence that income status moderates reading comprehension gains during the school year and summer months. Finally, the experimental results indicate that providing children choice of reading materials over 2 summers had no impact on growth rates during the school year or summer. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Gates MacGinitie Reading Tests