The Effect of Male Reading Role Models on the Reading Attitudes of Fourth Grade Male Students
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Reading (Elementary) -- Social aspects.
Reading -- Fourth grade (Education)
Reading interests -- Fourth grade (Education)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether exposure to male reading role models would affect the attitudes of sixteen fourth grade male students from the researcher’s class toward pleasure reading and toward reading as a male activity. The measurement tool was the Reading Attitude Survey designed by the researcher based on the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey (ERAS). This study involved the use of a pretest/posttest design to compare data from the beginning to the end of the six week study period. Results of the study were mixed. There was no significant difference between the mean pre-intervention Attitude Toward Reading score (Mean = 27.64, SD = 6.02) and the mean post-intervention score (Mean = 27.57, SD = 5.42) [t(13) = .08, p = .94]. The mean post-intervention Attitude Toward Reading as a Male Activity score (Mean = 26.21, SD = 3.95) was significantly higher than the mean pre-intervention score (Mean = 23.57, SD = 3.92) [t(13) = 4.17, p = .001]. The mean post-intervention Total Reading Attitude score (Mean = 53.79, SD = 8.68) was significantly higher than the pre-intervention score [Mean = 51.21, SD = 8.51) [t(13) 2.17, p = .05]. Results could have been influenced by several factors. Research into the effectiveness of using male reading role models to influence the reading attitudes of male students should continue and extend beyond the scope of this study. Additional data could affect the practices used to improve the literacy development of students.