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Sustained silent reading: students' reasons for not reading





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This is a qualitative study that addresses the question what reasons would my students give for not wanting to read during Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) time? My interest in this question arose because students in my high school Advisory were reluctant to read during our SSR time, displaying characteristics similar to how I once was as a reader. My students' behaviors during SSR influenced me to want to learn more about how to motivate them to want to read. My research design included the use of surveys and questionnaires (modified for this study) developed by Fisher (2003) and Chua (2008) examining students' attitudes toward SSR. The most significant finding from this study was that students felt access to materials that interest them would motive them to want to read, corresponding to information identified in the literature review.

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