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Five monthly booktalk programs were presented to the eighth grade reading classes at BGM School. Circulation statistics for first semester of 1992 when these students were in seventh grade were compared to the circulation statistics for the same semester of their eighth grade year in 1993 to determine if the booktalks made a significant difference in this group's reading habits.

An analysis of the data using the chi-square test indicated no significant difference at the .05 level in the circulation statistics for paperback books, hard bound books or total volumes. It seemed, though, that the students reacted positively to the booktalks. It was observed that they more carefully chose the books they read after the programs were presented and that the difference between hard bound and paperback books was irrelevant. It was recommended that the booktalk programs and other reading promotions be continued.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Barbara R. Safford


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