Capstone/Dissertation Title

How do the reading habits and attitudes of middle school parents correlate with those with those of their young adolescent children?

Term

Summer 8-10-2016

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MALED

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Terry Gluek

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Joletta Falknor

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Patricia Skaahan

Abstract

For this thesis, research was conducted with eighth grade students and parents. Students and their parents completed a five question survey. Surveys were numbered, in order to investigate possible correlations. Student interviews were conducted to obtain more information about survey responses. Through the research, a strong positive correlation found between parents’ and their children’s enjoyment of recreational reading, between the weekly number of hours parents read and the weekly number of hours their students read, between parents’ reported expectations and their children’s perceptions of those expectations, and between changes in parents’ reported expectations and their children’s perceptions of these changing expectations. There did not seem to be a positive correlation between the types of reading material that parents and children read.

Research Methodology

Interview, Survey

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