Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

962

Date

2013

Date of Award

11-12-2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Major

Instr and Curr Leadership

Concentration

Instruction and Curriculum

Committee Chair

Duane M Giannangelo

Committee Member

Jeffrey M Byford

Committee Member

Louis A Fransceschini

Committee Member

Ramona Mahood

Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between religious values and attitudes toward reading religious content among intermediate grade students in Catholic schools. Students' attitudes toward academic and recreational reading were also considered. Four hundred thirty-six fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students from Catholic schools responded to a 26-item questionnaire regarding their attitudes toward recreational, academic, and religious content reading as well as their level of agreement with seven statements of religious values. Multiple regression analyses revealed a statistically significant relationship between students' religious values and their attitudes toward reading religious content. In addition, a statistically significant relationship was found for religious values and attitudes toward academic reading. No relationship was found between religious values and attitudes toward recreational reading; however attitude toward reading religious content was the greatest predictor of attitude toward recreational reading. Understanding the relationships between what students value and their attitude toward reading may provide teachers with insights into enhancing their students' attitudes toward reading. For Catholic school teachers, recognizing the relationship between students' religious values and their attitudes toward reading religious content is a critical factor in effecting the mission of the Catholic school to integrate faith, life, and culture in the lives of the students.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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