Date Approved

6-28-2000

Embargo Period

6-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Robinson, Randall

Subject(s)

Reading (Elementary); Reading (Primary)

Disciplines

Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlation between gender and attitude toward reading and grade level and attitude toward reading. This correlational study used a non-random, convenience sample population that was derived from an elementary school that houses one transitional-first grade, and five classes each of first, second, third, and fourth grades. The sample consisted of 153 first through fourth grade students. Forty-three students were in the first grade, thirty-four students were in the second grade, forty-three students were in the third grade, and the remaining thirty-three participants were in the fourth grade.

The Elementary Reading Attitude Survey was administered to the students by the researcher. Mean, standard deviation, and t-scores for non-independent samples were calculated in order to analyze the data.

The researcher found that females in grades two and four had significantly more positive attitudes toward reading situations than the males in these grades. The researcher also concluded from the data that first grade students had significantly more positive attitudes about recreational and academic reading than did third and fourth grade students.

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