Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1970

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

William D. Floyd

Second Committee Member

Gerald DiMinico

Third Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson


Concern for the differences between the sexes in the reading area has prompted the following questions:

1. If there is an obvious difference between the sexes in the area of reading achievement, why is it that sex differences are not considered a pertinent learning factor?

2. What factors might be involved in causation and therefore, worth investigating?

3. More specifically, how do boys differ from girls in their response to the situation called ''learning to read?" Is there a relevant developmental or related neurological difference?

4. What factors within the school situation might be significant? Do reading programs accommodate possible differences in interests and attitudes between the sexes? How important is the teacher's attitude?

5. If sex differences are taken into consideration as a learning factor, how viable might this be in planning grouping procedures and could accommodation for sex differences be a part of planning for provision for individual differences?

6. Just what can be done to alleviate the problem?

This study will investigate these questions.