Reading for Pleasure: A Strategy To Improve Elementary Students Attitudes and Participation in Recreational Reading.Report as inadecuate




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A practicum targeted a need to develop and improve student attitudes toward reading for fun and pleasure. The target group was 30 second-grade pull-out Chapter 1 reading students identified as primarily non-leisure-time readers based on a student/teacher interview questionnaire. A pre- and post-reading attitude survey was administered. Parents of students were also surveyed. A book check-out record procedure was implemented, "Reading Buddies" (instilling a desire to read through mentoring and modeling of the target group participants) was utilized, and reading resources of children's literature (including read along audio tapes and videos) were compiled. Results indicated that: (1) books checked out by the target group almost doubled even though six students did not complete the treatment; (2) target group students who completed the treatment reported reading almost three times as many books; (3) percentile pre- and post-reading attitude test results reflected significant attitude increases in both recreational and academic reading; and (4) parent pre- and post-survey results reflected an increase in observable behavioral changes in target group students' participation in reading related activities. Findings suggest that the treatment was successful and can be applied to other elementary school settings. (Contains 26 references and 5 tables of data. Appendixes present survey instruments, data, "Reading Buddies" guidelines, and a sample letter to parents.) (RS)

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Instructional Effectiveness, Parent Attitudes, Primary Education, Reading Attitudes, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Recreational Reading, Student Attitudes











Author: Duran, Manuel, Jr.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7930&id=ED376441







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