Myra Paine

Author Credentials

Sister Myra Paine, O.S.F.

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Superseded Degree Name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 Julitta Fisch, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Reading (Middle school); Reading interests


The purpose of this paper was to make a study of reading preferences of seventh and eighth grade students who resided in a low socio-economic area of a midwestern city. An attempt was made to compare preferences of Negro and White children to determine it there were a racial difference in selection of books. Specific questions to which answers were sought were: 1. Was there a difference between Negro and White children in the choice of topics? 2. Were choices determined by environment-that is, do children select books that are realistic or idealistic to them? 3. Was there a difference in choice when books have racial references in the content or on the cover? 4. ·Did the readability or ease of the book affect choice? S. Was there greater variation in choices of Negro than of White children? 6. Was there a difference between the sexes excluding race?


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