Title

The Reading of Professional Periodical Literature as Reported By Selected Elementary Teachers

Date of Award

1981

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

John R. Pierce

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the number of different professional periodicals read and the primary purpose(s) for which they were read by selected elementary teachers. The specific purposes were: (1) To determine the frequency with which each professional periodical was read by the total sample. (2) To determine whether the variables of age, sex, race, years of experience, certification, teaching level, or type of school district were related to the reported number of different periodicals read. (3) To determine whether the variables of age, sex, race, years of experience, certification, teaching level, or type of school district were related to each of the reported primary purpose(s) for reading professional periodicals. (4) To present descriptive data representative of the variables of age, sex, race, years of teaching experience, certification, teaching level, and type of school district. Data used in the study were collected via a mailed questionnaire. The population consisted of elementary teachers in the state of Mississippi. Returns from the first mailing, plus one follow-up reminder, totaled 407 (74% of the total sample of 550). Results of this study showed that the personal characteristics of the sample indicated only a few differences in their reading habits. The primary purpose for which the majority of the teachers read professional periodicals was for classroom planning and/or aids. The four periodicals listed most frequently as having been read during the past year, Instructor, Teacher, Learning, and Today's Education, were the most popular periodicals among each of the subgroups.