Capstone/Dissertation Title

How can classroom independent reading practices impact the stamina and self-efficacy of middle school striving readers?

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MALED

Abstract

How do students become better readers? Intuitively, we would like to believe that students get better at things by doing them. It seems to be true in other arenas of life. I get stronger when I lift weights and my chocolate chip cookies are perfected by practice. So, teachers try to engage the reluctant reader in reading. We become stronger readers by reading I hear myself utter those words often. But, what does the research say about silent, sustained reading? Do students who read independently during the school day become stronger readers? And, how do I as a teacher support readers who often abandon books they begin and who sometimes find very little purpose in striving to become a stronger reader?

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