Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Kathleen Olmstead


The purpose of this qualitative research study is to explore the literacy habits and reading preferences of a small group of successful first grade male readers. Stereotypes embedded in current literacy research tend to categorize male readers as low performing or unmotivated. There is limited research that focuses on young male readers with a positive outlook on reading. The intent of this research project is provide a lens into the literacy lives of these successful readers, transferring their preferences and attitudes into conclusions to help all male readers succeed. This research examines the reading preferences and attitudes of young male readers through surveys, interviews and observations.

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