Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Recent research across the nation suggests that boys across the country view reading more negatively than girls. To investigate these trends on a more local level, a reading attitudes survey was conducted at two Eastern Iowa high schools to determine whether boys in this area do in fact view reading more pessimistically than girls. This survey was performed in ninth grade English classrooms at the two schools asking students to respond to various belief statements about reading. Students then rated their own feelings on a scale from "strongly disagree" to "strongly agree," and designated whether they were male or female in order to determine gender. Survey analysis, based on average responses among boys and girls, indicated males respond more negatively to reading, reflecting nationwide findings.
Year of Submission
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2009 Molly Jo McAllister
McAllister, Molly Jo, "Reading Is for Girls: Examining Gender Differences in Reading Attitudes" (2009). Honors Program Theses. 765.