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ERIC Number: EJ1023599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1559-9035
Understanding the Text Genre Preferences of Third-Grade Readers
Gallo, Gina; Ness, Molly K.
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v9 n2 p110-130 Fall 2013
In recent decades, researchers have indicated that U.S. schools have underexposed elementary grade students to informational text. The increased exposure to this genre should be a top instructional priority. In the present study, we explored 46 third-grade students' attitudes toward and perceptions of informational text. Using three data sources (a student survey, individual interviews, and logs of independent reading time), we found that students read nonfiction text less frequently than fictional texts and preferred fictional to nonfiction text. Based on these findings, we provided suggestions on how teachers can help young readers diversify their text preferences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 3; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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