Checking Out or Checking Into Reading? The Borrowing Habits of Elementary School Children in Relation to Gender, Age, and Reading Ability
Quantitative data was collected from circulation records in order to find trends related to Fiction or Non-Fiction reading choice based on a student’s reading ability, age, and gender. Fiction and Non-Fiction are determined based on call numbers of books checked-out; specifically, those titles that are picture or chapter books are considered Fiction, whereas those labeled with Dewey Decimal coding are considered Non-Fiction. Reading ability – in terms of reading level scores (II, III, or IV) – is determined by the North Carolina End-of-Grade Test in Reading. The hope is that the results of this study may contribute to further research and discussion addressing the relatively poor literacy performance of boys compared to girls both in school and on standardized achievement tests.
Advisor:Dr. Brian Sturm
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:children – books and reading united states academic achievement school elementary ability testing interests
Date of Publication:04/08/2008