Bibliographies of Camp-related Research
The effects of a short-term reading study program involving some camp-style living on reading achievement, self-concept, and attitudes toward reading.
Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Marquette University, 1976.
Determine the effects of participation in a short-term reading-study program in a week-long camp experience on reading achievement levels, attitude toward reading, and self-concept of high school freshmen.
46 ninth grade students from Wisconsin who scored in the 36th percentile or below on the Iowa Silent Reading Test.
Camp Program: simple small group camp-type living and reading instruction in a rural setting. A six-week prescriptive reading development program followed this experience.
- Iowa Silent Reading Test - measured reading achievement
- Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale
- Iowa Silent Reading Test Reading Survey - measured attitude toward reading
Design: post-test only control group design for reading achievement; pre-test/post-test with control group design for self-concept measure.
- ANCOVA for reading achievement data analysis
- t-test for self-concept data analysis
- Chi-Square analysis on attitude data
- No significant differences between groups on reading achievement.
- No significant differences between groups on self-concept.
- A significantly greater number of treatment group subjects answered "yes" to the question "Do you need extra help in reading?"
- Informal Observations:
- Researcher commented that the camp experience offered opportunities for teachers to observe and increase understanding of the students as whole persons.
- Parents expressed appreciation for the program.
- A few students made large gains in reading ability.
- Some students were motivated to learn to read better.