Activity: Attitudes Instrument

Purpose

This activity will allow you to get a quick measure of your own attitudes toward reading. Using this quick measure provides an opportunity for reflection about your reading attitudes and related reading experiences and behavior. The survey and its interpretation are based on research conducted by Applegate and associates (2014)¹

¹ Applegate, A. J., Applegate, M. D., Mercantini, M. A., McGeehan, C. M., Cobb, J. B., DeBoy, J. R., Modla, V. B., & Lewinski, K. E. (2014). The Peter Effect revisited: Reading habits and attitudes of college students. Literacy Research and Instruction, 53(3), 188-204. doi: 10.1080/19388071.2014.898719

Procedures

  • Answer the questions on the survey below in the section below called “Attitudes toward Reading Survey.”
  • Score your responses to the survey using the instructions provided in the section below called “Scoring the Survey.”
  • Interpret the results using the guidelines provided in the section below called “Interpreting Survey Results.”
  • Answer the following questions, either in a small group discussion or in a reflections journal.
    • Do you think the survey accurately identifying your attitude toward reading along the continuum from “unwilling” to “avid” reader?
    • Did you fit into the category that you thought you might fit into?
    • Do you want to change your attitude toward reading? In what way?
    • How might you go about changing your attitude toward reading?

Attitudes Toward Reading Survey

Instructions: Rate your level of agreement with the following items using the following scale:

  • 6 = strongly agree
  • 5 = agree
  • 4 = agree slightly
  • 3 = disagree slightly
  • 2 = disagree
  • 1 – strongly disagree
As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed reading stories.

6

5

4

3

2

1

I like to read in my spare time.

6

5

4

3

2

1

Learning to read came easily to me.

6

5

4

3

2

1

I remember a lot of details from materials I read.

6

5

4

3

2

1

I enjoy reading non-fiction such a histories, biographies, and books about science.

6

5

4

3

2

1

I like to read aloud to others.

6

5

4

3

2

1

When I have a chance to read at work, it makes my day go by faster.

6

5

4

3

2

1

If I am waiting for an appointment, I always try to read while I wait.

6

5

4

3

2

1

I try to fit reading into other activities (e.g., exercising, taking a walk).

6

5

4

3

2

1

I keep a written or a mental list of the books I’d like to read after I finish reading the book I’m currently reading.

6

5

4

3

2

1

Scoring the Survey

  • Add up the scores for all of the 10 items to create a total score.
  • Locate your total score within the categories below.

Interpreting Survey Results

  • If your score was 15 or below, you may be an unwilling reader. Reading may give you little enjoyment and, in fact, you might find reading aversive. You avoid reading whenever you can.
  • If your score was in the 16 to 25 point range, you may be a reluctant reader. You prefer not to read and read as little as possible
  • If your score was in the 26 to 35 point range, you may be a lukewarm reader. You don’t mind reading, but you don’t especially enjoy it. You don’t often choose to read for pleasure.
  • If your score was in the 36 to 45 point range, you may be a focused reader. You enjoy reading certain types of literature (e.g., mystery novels) but not others (e.g., news stories).
  • If your score was in the 46 to 55 point range, you may be an appreciative reader. You enjoy reading and often choose to read for pleasure.
  • If your score was above 55, you may be an avid reader. You read anything and everything. You are always reading. You’d prefer to read than to do almost anything else.