Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Verne Haselwood


The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of reading books that deal with the topic of war on the attitudes of children toward war. At the beginning of the nine week study an attitudinal survey was administered to two groups of fifth grade students as a pretest. Twenty-six students participated in the study. Students in the experimental group then independently read at least two books that dealt with war and listened to nine other war stories. The students kept a journal to record their thoughts and feelings about war and the literature they read and heard. At the end of the study both groups took the attitudinal survey again. Results of the surveys are compared using mean scores, an analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance. The analysis of variance reveal significant differences between the groups on the posttest. This finding is supported by statements from student journals.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Teacher Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Letitia A. Green September, 1994.