The Superintendents Role in Developing a Community of Readers in Indiana Middle-Grades Schools.Report as inadecuate




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A study determined the perceptions of Indiana public school superintendents regarding their role in influencing the development of a community of readers in Indiana middle-grades schools. In 1993-94, subjects, 292 out of a total of 297 public school superintendents, completed surveys related to 10 selected reading issues, including students' access to trade books; teachers as role models; staff development; daily time for students to become proficient readers; special assistance for students reading below grade level; providing school libraries that attract students and teachers; encouraging parents to support reading; and providing an environment where reading is encouraged and supported. These issues, as related to the school corporation size, tenure as a superintendent, and the number of college reading courses completed by the superintendents, were analyzed. Results indicated that: (1) neither the size of school corporations nor the superintendents' experience level had a significant impact on superintendents' perceptions of middle-grades reading, but the number of college reading courses did make a significant difference; (2) superintendents assumed that providing school libraries that attract students and teachers was the most vital factor related to middle-grades reading, however, they did not directly connect library book collections with good school libraries; and (3) superintendents perceived that reading is important and reported that reading practices employed in their schools and their direct involvement on the 10 issues deserved at least some priority. (Contains approximately 225 references and 44 tables of data. Appendixes present a list of the Middle Grades Reading Network, letters to superintendents, the survey instrument, and data.) (RS)

Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Attitude Measures, Instructional Leadership, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Library Role, Middle Schools, Public Schools, Reading Attitudes, School Libraries, Superintendents, Surveys











Author: Holland, Earlene L.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8786&id=ED376431







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