Author Credentials

Sister Mary Samuel Vally, O.S.F.

Date of Award


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Superseded Degree Name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; Religious education; Reading interests; Nuns--Books and reading


Increasing concern regarding both the need and duty of religious educators has led the writer to explore the dimension, character, and quality of the reading habits and interests of a particular group of Sisters in a religious community whose principal work is education. More specifically, this research concentrated on attitudes, interests, and selection of reading materials. The objectives of this study are: 1. To determine how the Sisters feel about their own personal reading status. 2. To ascertain their interest in current trends to improve adult reading power. 3. To find out the amount of time spent in reading, and to learn what generally influences them in book selection. 4. To survey the programs Sisters provide for themselves in professional reading. 5. To ascertain whether reading about new procedures motivates the Sisters to experiment with ideas in their classrooms. 6. To determine at what age interest in reading was first stimulated, the early influences contributing to attitudes toward reading, and experiences causing negative feelings in this regard. 7. To ascertain special interests through surveying the choices of further study favored among the Sisters. 8. To explore the purposes of reading, preferred areas of interest, the sources of materials, and personal evaluation of paperbacks. 9. To survey the type of leisure most preferred as relaxation. 10. To check on the sources and availability of professional books and magazines, and to determine the regularity with which they are read. 11. To discover which books and magazines are most valuable as a source of reference. 12. To survey the purposes and areas of the reading done, the books being read at the present time, or when the last one was read. 13. To check on the availability of newspapers, whether they are read regularly, and the order generally followed in the perusal. 14. To ascertain whether reading about new procedures motivates the Sisters to experiment with ideas in their classroom. 15. To evaluate the greatest obstacles experienced in trying to acquire good reading habits.


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