Ann Perry

Author Credentials

Sister Ann Perry, O.S.F.

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name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

Religious health facilities; Nuns--Education; Reading--Adult education


The purpose of this research was to examine the interests, types, and breadth of the reading habits of the professional hospital personnel in a religious community. It also undertook maturity of reading through use of an adapted form of Gray's Reading Maturity Scale. The specific objectives of this study were: 1. To determine the amount of time sisters spend reading either professional or non-professional material. 2. To survey the types of professional reading materials readily available to the Sisters and the consistency with which these materials were utilized. 3. To examine the extent to which professional reading influenced the professional growtl1 of the individual. 4. To discover the purposes for reading, areas of interest, and the factors which influenced the selection of reading materials. 5. To determine the age at which reading was first stimulated and to discover who or what influenced this stimulation. This study was concerned with a religious community who has as one of its principle works the care of the sick. The study was limited to ninety-eight Sisters who were professionally employed in seven hospitals conducted by the religious community located in the states of Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri. The research was restricted to the professional and non-professional reading materials related to the development of the person. Spiritual reading was not included in this study.


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