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The checklist presented was derived from a study based on Rowell's (1972) conclusions: (1) the children's behavior indicates their attitudes; (2) an observer can objectively record this behavior with the appropriate instrument; and (3) the format of the instrument should provide the observer with the opportunity to assess the children's reactions to their reading experiences. based on these conclusions, the Preschool Reading Attitudes Observation Checklist (PRAOC) was constructed to assess young children's observable behaviors in reading.

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