Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1994

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate the attitudes toward reading of third grade students involved in a whole language program. The sample consisted of 71 students. Forty eight students participated in the study group, and a control group consisted of 23 students. / The independent variables were participation status, gender, socio-economic status, race, qualification for Chapter 1 services, and participation in English Training services. The dependent variables were scores from the scales of the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey (ERAS). These were: Attitudes Toward Recreational Reading, Attitudes Toward Academic Reading, and Total. Pretest scores from the scales of the ERAS were employed as covariant measures and included Attitudes Toward Recreational Reading, Attitudes Toward Academic Reading, and Total. / Six composite null hypotheses were tested at the .05 level of significance. A total of 18 comparisons were made. None of the 18 main effects were statistically significant at the .05 level. The researcher would make these recommendations if the study were to be replicated; 1. The study should be replicated with a large random sample, 2. The study should be replicated examining treatment in detail, 3. The study should be replicated investigating other dimensions of effectiveness, and 4. The study should be replicated controlling teacher variables.

Rights

Copyright 1994 Susan Brungardt

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