Eunice Roch

Author Credentials

Sister Eunice Roch, F.C.S.P.

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Superseded Degree Name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 programs; Critical thinking in children


Basically, this study is aimed at evaluating a random sampling of ten children's magazines listed for children five to eight years old on the following broad questions: 1. Are the articles found in the periodicals stimulating for first- and second-graders? 2. Do the pictures and aids arouse critical thinking in children? 3. Are there specific questions which would lend themselves to the promotion of critical thought? 4. Do teacher's helps or suggestions provide directives in teaching critical reading? It is the opinion of some individuals that learning to read must be coupled with critical evaluation. As the first aim of this study, the writer believes that if the pupils are taught critical reading by using functional magazine content, they will most probably be made aware of the three tendencies which are prevalent. This realization will, in some way, it is hoped, help to overcome them. Accordingly, it would be necessary that the teacher encourage and develop the spontaneous reactions given by the pupils in primary grades when subjected to magazine reading. The second allied aim of this paper is to encourage teachers to use available magazines as a positive approach in developing critical thought since the current and functional nature of this material is apt to be more stimulating and motivating to children. They would easily identify themselves with grown-ups who also read magazines.


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