Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Story Elements: Which Impact Children's Reading Interests?
by Kauffman, Syndi, M.Ed., Bowling Green State University, 2005, 95; 10817791
Abstract (Summary)

Children use a variety of tools when determining a text's value during book selection. Many studies have determined some of the desirable characteristics of books by interviewing, surveying, and observing students. Research has found many reasons why students select certain stories to read. Although there is an overwhelming amount of research on this topic, there is a lack of information on the impact of story elements in book selection. Because of this lack of research, this study focused on and evaluated which story elements were important to third grade students.

Teachers need to be active in children's book selection. It is important they assist students in selecting books that meet their interests. Many students turn away from reading because they do not find stories of interest. If teachers help students focus on desirable attributes of a book, children can become life-long readers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hendricks, Cindy
School: Bowling Green State University
Department: Reading
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Reading instruction
Keywords: Story elements
Publication Number: 10817791
ISBN: 978-0-355-84348-4
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