Capstone/Dissertation Title

Motivating the unmotivated reader

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

Using both qualitative and quantitative research, this study examines the question how can I increase motivation for independent reading among my ninth grade students who read at or above grade level? Through a pre-survey, reading logs, observation, an open-ended survey, and a final closed-question survey, the motivation towards reading of students at or above grade level is explored. This study indicates that with choice, time, and access to books, students who read at or above grade level will be more motivated to read. Reading motivation has many determining factors, and if students are interested either by the cover of the book, the summary of the book, or who recommended the book then they might possibly be motivated to read.

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