Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Educational Policy and Leadership

First Advisor

Margaret C. Gillespie

Second Advisor

Glenn E. Tagatz

Third Advisor

E. DaRoche

Fourth Advisor

A.M. Dupuis


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.



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