Capstone/Dissertation Title

The beliefs and perspectives of reluctant adolescent readers on the learning community culture that increases reading motivation

Term

2013

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MALED

Abstract

The research question in this action research was, what beliefs and perspectives do adolescent readers have about the learning community culture that increases reading motivation? Based on Johnson's (2012) qualitative research paradigm and rationale of systematic observations to understand adolescent beliefs, this action research documents one teacher's creation and experience of the perspectives and beliefs that adolescents have about the learning community culture and what motivates them to increase reading within the classroom. The author documents the details with the use of surveys, one-to-one conferences, and learning logs to observe the learning environment. Adolescents believe that it is important to have a strong teacher-student relationship, to have reading choices, a voice in class, be supported in their learning, have clear expectations, and feel safe in an educational environment.

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