ERIC Number: ED227454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Improving Reading Motivation.
Howell, John F.; Sylvester, Theodora A.
A study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of a 10-week, after school reading program developed to motivate reluctant readers through reading aloud to them and through giving them books to read. Appropriate paperback books were read aloud to unmotivated readers in grades 3 and 4 for about 10 minutes or until a particularly exciting part of the story was reached. At that exciting part, the reader stopped and copies of the book were quickly distributed to the children to keep. The children were never told to finish the story; rather, they were told that it would be finished at the next meeting if they wanted it finished. A rating scale was developed and given to the children's teachers to rate the children at the beginning and conclusion of the program. Results of repeated use of the reading program indicated that the children improved in both motivation and reading skills. Two types of interviews with the children confirmed the validity of these results. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Motivation; Reluctant Readers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983). 1983).