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ERIC Number: EJ1031313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: EISSN-1539-0578
Changes in Reading Habits by Low Literate Adults through Extensive Reading
Rodrigo, Victoria; Greenberg, Daphne; Segal, Don
Reading in a Foreign Language, v26 n1 p73-91 Apr 2014
This study analyzes the effect of two reading interventions on reading habits by 181 low literate adults who read at the 3-5.9 grade levels. One intervention implemented extensive reading (ER group) and the other one had direct instruction (no-ER group). A Reading Pattern survey was administered at the beginning, at the end, and 6 months after the intervention. Statistical results suggest that the ER group, which had access to books, free choice of reading material, and time to read during instruction hours, was more motivated to read, developed a reading habit, and experienced a positive change in reading behavior. These changes stayed over time, 6 months after treatment. This study strongly suggests that adult learners can benefit from extensive and pleasure reading and that a well-equipped library, easy access to books, and encouragement and time to read are all key factors in the development of reading habits.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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