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The purpose of this paper was to discover the following concerning gifted seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade students: preferred categories of fiction, factors which influence fiction reading choices, and the amount of time devoted to reading. The professional literature reviewed helped in making predictions for the outcome of this study and in developing fiction categories used in the survey instrument. A questionnaire was distributed to all gifted students and a representative number of students at each grade level not in the program for the gifted at Holmes Junior High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The questionnaire was divided into the following four sections: 1) ranking of fiction categories, 2) favorite book read in the last year, 3) factors influencing fiction reading choices, and 4) hours devoted to reading fiction. The questionnaires were returned and the data was tabulated on charts created for each section of the instrument. The data was analyzed and conclusions were drawn. The researcher came to the following conclusions: in the majority of groups, there was no significant difference in the rank order of preference of fiction categories between gifted and non-gifted students; gifted and non-gifted students preferred the categories of adventure, mystery, the shocker, and teenage life and problems over other categories; gifted and non-gifted students were influenced most by their friends, self-choice, and television and movies in their choice of fiction books; and gifted students spend more time reading outside of class than non-gifted students.

Year of Submission

1979

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Elizabeth Martin

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Date Original

8-1979

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1 PDF file (iv, 96 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

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