Monday, March 14, 2011

Research: Third Grade Boys and Girls and Reading

Question: How do boys and girls feel about reading?

Source: Marinak, B. A., & Gambrell, L. B. (2010). Reading motivation: Exploring the elementary gender gap. Literacy Research and Instruction, 49(2), 129–141.

Answer: “Suggests that third-grade boys and girls who are average readers are equally self-confident about their reading ability; however, boys value reading less than girls. Proposes new insights on the complexities of motivation and gender differences.”

Comment: Why do boys when they are young value reading less than girls? I can speculate, but I will probably sound sexist. Boys are more active and engage in activities like sports and consider reading a passive, nerdish  activity. But that’s not to say that all boys and girls feel that way. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” Richard Beach et al. Research in the Teaching of English (November 2010), Internet. Note: The editors of RTE said that so much research was available they did not want to burden the paper edition of the journal with it, so they relegated their annotated reports on research to the Internet.

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