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ERIC Number: EJ780784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
First Graders' Preferences for Narrative and/or Information Books and Perceptions of Other Boys' and Girls' Book Preferences
Chapman, Marilyn; Filipenko, Margot; McTavish, Marianne; Shapiro, Jon
Canadian Journal of Education, v30 n2 p531-553 2007
In this article, we report on grade-one children's preferences for narrative and/or information books, and their perceptions of what boys and girls like to read. Data include responses on two book preference tasks by 40 children in four schools. Children chose books and explained the reasons for their choices. One task was a closed, force-choice task, the other, an open-ended task. Boys and girls had similar interests, either preferring stories or liking information books and stories to the same degree. Yet boys and girls perceived that boys prefer information texts and girls prefer narratives. The children's perceptions reflect gendered stereotypes. (Contains 6 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada