Capstone/Dissertation Title

Engagement and motivation for adolescent males: increasing engagement and motivation for independent reading for adolescent male readers in an intervention reading class

Term

2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MALED

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how can I increase engagement and motivation for independent reading for the adolescent male readers in my intervention reading class? It documents one teacher's creation of an independent reading component that addressed the unique needs of adolescent males in a reading intervention class. It integrated engagement and motivation, gender, and independent reading. The author documents the details of the unit and uses related research literature to construct meaning and validate the study. She describes both success and struggles in implementing the unit and concludes that there are six parts to an effective independent reading curriculum that motivates and engages many boys. This six components are: self-set goals, choice, competition, confidence building, real-world experience, and positive male role models.

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