For several years I have used Smith et al.'s book as the text in a graduate course, Curriculum and Supervision Problems in Reading. They ay: "The reading habits of teachers have been studied enough to validate the suspicion that reading is being taught by teachers who do not themselves turn often to reading for personal fulfillment and enrichment. It is deplorable that many teachers in this country, especially elementary school teachers, are not reading enthusiasts" (Smith et al., 1978, p. 74). Having worked with large numbers of both pre- and inservice teachers for the past decade, I felt that these statements did not accurately reflect the reading habits and attitueds of those teachers; however, I had no data to support this opinion. Hence, I undertook the following pilot study.
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