ERIC Number: EJ1053668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Fiction and Non-Fiction Reading and Comprehension in Preferred Books
Topping, Keith J.
Reading Psychology, v36 n4 p350-387 2015
Are the books preferred and most enjoyed by children harder than other books they read? Are non-fiction books read and understood at the same level of difficulty as fiction books? The Accelerated Reader software offers computerized comprehension quizzes of real books individually chosen by children, giving children (and teachers, librarians, and parents) feedback on performance. Children can also express preferences for books they enjoy. Quizzes taken by 150,220 children in 967 schools are reported. Considering highly preferred books, children were reading very difficult books with a high degree of success. Non-fiction books were not read or understood as carefully as fiction books. Implications for future research and practice are outlined.
Descriptors: Fiction, Nonfiction, Reading Material Selection, Childrens Literature, Computer Software, Technology Uses in Education, Preferences, Student Attitudes, Reading Comprehension, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Gender Differences, Reading Achievement, Secondary School Students, Adolescent Literature, Difficulty Level, Readability, Reading Tests, Age Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom