Date of Award

Summer 6-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Sue Robb

Abstract

This study investigates the way children react to reading based on teachers' beliefs and teaching methods. Interviews were conducted with teachers and administration in an elementary school and asked various questions regarding different aspects about reading. Also, children were observed during reading instruction. After the data was collected, it was reviewed and analyzed based on a constant comparison method. The results showed that children are more motivated to read when there is parental involvement in the school and with reading. Teachers used many reading techniques learned through professional development throughout the school year. The professional development ultimately increased reading motivation in children. Also, reading motivation increased in children when the reading curriculum was constantly changing. Lastly, reading motivation increased in children when reading was enjoyable.

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