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The Development of Reading Interests and Tastes


by Jean Betzner & R. L. Lyman 1937

This chapter sets forth factors that are affecting the reading interests and tastes of school children, college students, and adults, and records types of guidance that are attempting to utilize such factors. The discussion considers pertinent conditions in contemporary life, such as our increased need for understanding world affairs so that the individual may participate intelligently in social reconstruction; new developments in radio, cinema, and other devices for duplicating language that complicate the reading situation; the increased quantity of all kinds of printed materials, including the many books in translation; increased leisure and other basic changes in the social pattern. To these conditions must be added the prevalent confused and narrow concepts of culture and the exceedingly inferior reading experiences of the average citizen.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 36, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 38 Number 9, 1937, p. 185-205
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20595, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 10:50:56 AM

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