A comparative Analysis of Children's Independent Reading Interests and The Content of Stories in Selected Basal Reading Texts Grades 4-6
Date of Award
Dissertation - Restricted
Master of Education (MEd)
Educational Policy and Leadership
Margaret C. Gillespie
Glenn E. Tagatz
The purpose of this study is to ascertain the independent reading interests of fourth, fifth and sixth grade boys and girls of various races and economic levels so that selected reading texts in use at these grade levels may be analyzed to determine how well they meet children's reading interests. The content of children's choices of books in public libraries is compared with the content of selections in the basal readers of the study, and, a proportional sampling, every fifth child, is administered a reading interest and general interest inventory designed for the study. The results of this study may prove useful to educators, librarians, parents, and publishers in providing insights into the selection of reading materials for children in the intermediate grades.