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Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Reading Specialist)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Marie Colette Roy, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Reading (Secondary); Reading--Ability testing; Reading programs


Many influences besides school touch the lives of students. Are those outside influences so potent as to counteract the influence of the school on the reading habits of its students? It is the purpose of this paper to determine the influence of ability and other factors on the reading habits or high-school freshmen. Specifically, the study seeks answers to the following questions: 1. Does reading ability have an effect on the number and type of books read by high-school freshmen? 2. Does the I.Q. of the student have any significance in the number and type of books he reads? 3. How do factors such as outside employment and place of residence affect the amount of reading done by high-school freshmen? Decline in the amount of reading done by high-school students as they progress from ninth through twelfth grade has become of increasing concern to parents and educators. In order to motivate students to read more, concerned adults must know what interests them. If parents and educators are alert to the limitations of the quantity and quality of book selection among students of all levels of ability, they can adjust assignments to utilize interests already present and develop others, which will broaden the intellectual horizons of these youngsters.


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