An evaluation of student reading attitudes : does ability affect attitude?

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Cynthia T. Parker (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Nancy Hoffman

Abstract: The relationship between ability and reading attitude were studied to determine the correlation between the variables by using a reading attitude survey. Prior research suggests that a positive correlation between attitude and ability. The research hypothesis stated that there would be a positive correlation between attitude and ability. Twenty-nine fifth-grade students from four classrooms were used as the subjects of the study. All were classified into ability subgroups based on two ability variables. First the students were grouped by their identification in the Academically and Intellectually Gifted program at the school. The second set of subgroups was based upon the students previous years end of grade test score. The students were administered the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey (McKenna and Kear, 1990). No correlation between attitude and ability was identified. Therefore, it is tentatively concluded that ability does not have an effect on attitude in this sample.

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A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Education
Language: English
Date: 2009
Attitude (Psychology), Children--Books and reading--Psychological aspects, Reading, Reading Psychology of, Students -- Attitudes
Reading, Psychology of
Children -- Books and reading -- Psychological aspects
Attitude (Psychology)
Students -- Attitudes

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