Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

5-2012

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Abstract

The goal of this research was to determine how teachers most effectively produce engaged, self-motivated readers. The answer to this question was determined by preliminary research and survey results from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers. Based on the findings of the preliminary research, the following hypothesis was formed:

It is predicted that there is a relationship between implementing the following factors in the classroom and producing engaged, self-motivated readers:

  1. 1. Providing time in class for independent reading
  2. 2. Providing an appropriate environment for reading
  3. 3. Allowing students to select books according to their interests and ability
  4. 4. Providing a variety of books for student selection
  5. 5. Stronger emphasis on intrinsic motivation than extrinsic
  6. 6. Involving and contacting parents
  7. 7. Teachers who regularly read

The more of these factors that are implemented, the more engaged and self-motivated readers will be.

Survey results proved the following hypothesis factors:

  1. 1. Providing time in class for independent reading
  2. 3. Allowing students to select books according to their interests and ability
  3. 4. Providing a variety of books for student selection
  4. 5. Stronger emphasis on intrinsic motivation than extrinsic

Survey results partially supported the following hypothesis factors:

2. Providing an appropriate environment for reading

  1. 6. Involving and contacting parents
  2. 7. Teachers who regularly read

Lastly, survey results proved the general hypothesis that the more of these factors that are implemented, the more engaged and self-motivated readers would be.

Comments

Honors Capstone Project completed in 2012 for Olivet Nazarene University.