Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Jean E. Lowrie
Dr. Hardy Carroll
Dr. Howard Major
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The purpose of this study is to gather statistical evidence to determine attitudes toward the "Best Books for Young Adults" booklist as a positive selection tool for book selectors in public high schools in a three county area. The survey method was used to investigate attitudes towards the list and specific collection holdings of titles recommended by the "Best Books for Young Adults." Data were collected through questionnaires to book selectors in twenty-five high schools in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties. Results of the survey indicate that book selectors are ambivalent toward the list, and that selection patterns correlated slightly with rankings of the list among other selection aids.
Results of the survey indicate a need for further research on the possible divergence of book selection philosophy between public library and school library book selectors and on the reassessment of school book selection policies regarding the balance of social, recreational and curricular requirements.
Chowning, Ricki Hemenway, "The Applicability of the "Best Books for Young Adults" List as a Book Selection Tool in Public High Schools in a Three County Area" (1981). Masters Theses. 1838.