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Open Access Graduate Research Paper

Keywords

Children--Books and reading--Sex differences; School libraries--Circulation and loans;

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine what if any patterns emerge in the library checkout habits of elementary school age boys in consecutive grades and to compare them to common assumptions of which books boys prefer to read. A quantitative bibliometric method was used to analyze and count the circulation records of forty-four students over a three year period. The circulations to the boys in the study were compared to the circulations to the girls. Records revealed that on average, boys in third grade borrowed more books than the girls in the study, but girls selected more books than the boys in fourth and fifth grades. Both the boys and girls in the study borrowed substantially higher percentages of “stories” than “informational” texts. Boys selected more graphic novels and fiction chapter books in a series than girls did at all three grade levels examined.

Date of Award

2012

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Division of School Library Studies

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Jean Donham

Date Original

2012

Object Description

ii, 49 p. : ill.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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