We often wonder that because we figure if we allow students the chance to read what they like then they will become better readers. However instead of wondering the unknown five students from Canadian colleges, John R. Kirby, Angela Ball, B. Kelly Geler, Rauno Parrila, and Lesly Wade-Woolley, all decided to find the answer by conducting a study among 117 students from the grades 1-3. Their main focus was to look into the development of interest in reading for beginning readers and observe its relation to reading.
They measured reading interest by asking eight questions; 1. How do you feel about reading for fun at home? 2. How do you feel about getting a book for a present? 3. How do you feel about spending free time reading? 4. How do you feel about starting a new book? 4. How do you feel about reading through the weekend? 6. How do you feel about reading instead of playing? 7. How do you feel about going to the library or bookstore? 8. How do you feel about reading different kinds of books?
They had the background assumption that students that love to read had better reading ability compared to students that can’t read so well. They monitored the students’ development in interest to reading followed by testing their reading ability along the way and then they compiled their findings. Their study concluded that reading interest had little to no effects on reading ability. A major limitation to this study was that it was difficult to measures students reading interest. Of course they can easure their reading ability by testing them and then seeing where they stand among their peers. They had to rely on the research of others to determine the development of reading interest and this turned the limitation into a strength.
The Coursework on Cross-Cultural Knowledge, Business Practices, and Student Learning Via Study Abroad
Global Business Languages Volume 13 Bridging Language and Business Article 4 12-1-2008 Cross-Cultural Knowledge, Business Practices, and Student Learning via Study Abroad Chad M. Gasta Iowa State University Recommended Citation Gasta, Chad M. (2008) "Cross-Cultural Knowledge, Business Practices, and Student Learning via Study Abroad," Global Business Languages: Vol. 13, Article 4. Available at: ...