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Near the end of the nineteenth century the scientific investigation into children's interests first emerged. Since then many studies have been carried out to determine children's reading interests. The procedures chosen for the collection of data have been almost as multitudinous as the studies. Equally important, the kind of information one obtains may depend to a large degree on the data collection procedure selected. The central purpose of this study was to compare results obtained from two methods of data collection used to evaluate children's reading interests.

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