Many reading education authorities (i.e. Smith 1978; Stauffer 197b; Thorndike 1973) discuss reading as a meaning identification process in which the reader actively thinks about what s/he reads. Similarly, most classroom teachers include this relationship between reading and meaning in their definitions of reading (Green, Macaui, & Wood 1978).
Little research. however, has been done on children's perceptions of reading (Tovey 1976). How do children view reading? Do they also view reading as a process emphasizing meaning. or do they view reading as something else? The purpose of this study was to investigate children's definitions of reading. with a special concern for their view of reading as a meaning identification process.
Ngandu, K. M. (1979). Elementary Students' Definitions of Reading. Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts, 19 (4). Retrieved from https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol19/iss4/3