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In an effort to determine if media specialists can influence in a positive way the amount of leisure time reading elementary school students do, a study was designed which would test that hypothesis while involving students in two fourth grade classrooms, one of which was the control group and the other the experimental group. Specific activities such as booktalks, story and poetry breaks were performed only for the experimental group. This group also kept a list of books read in gaily decorated reading logs. Both groups kept a count of actual pages read, and actual books completed. Both groups were given a pretest and posttest of the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey, which gives a recreational reading score, an academic reading score, and a full scale score. Results were inconclusive; neither group had an increase or decrease in the recreational reading portion of the survey. Planning a more intensive activity schedule may confirm the validity of this study.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara R. Safford


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