Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Lee Ann Townsend

Abstract

Reading motivation encourages students to practice reading skills and advance their abilities. The primary years is the start to learning to read and has importance. Using 3 primary age students, a case study was conducted to discover personal reading motivation. Participants completed an attitude survey on reading, answered 10 interview questions about their motivation to read, and participated in several reading activities such as eBooks, hard covered books, short stories, listening to stories, and interacting with print. Results suggested primary age students are motivated by self-selection of literature of interest, guidance from teachers and adults with reading skills, having personal confidence in their reading ability, and extrinsic factors. Implications of these results are conversed in the report

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