ERIC Number: ED344196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Creating and Implementing a Model for Motivating Recreational Reading Using a Whole Language Approach for Secondary School Students.
A practicum was designed to increase the amount of recreational reading by secondary school students, and to improve students' attitude toward reading, thus decreasing disruptive behaviors in the classroom. A whole language workshop approach was implemented over an 8-month period in two high school English classes, grades 10 and 11, college preparation level, with a total of 104 students. Many of the students had the skills to read but chose not to do so. The workshop was student-centered so that students could become self-directed, choosing reading materials of interest to them. The focus of the curriculum was on reading, thinking, and discussion, and the teacher's role was that of facilitator. Pre- and post-surveys were administered to record changes in student attitudes and improvement in leisure reading. Results showed that students' attitudes toward reading improved; that more students were involved in leisure reading; that fewer disruptions occurred during sustained reading in the classroom; and that students increased the amount of their free time spent in leisure reading. While three of the four practicum objectives were not met, the improvement shown was positive in terms of overall success. (Six tables of data are included; 33 references and five appendixes containing the survey of leisure reading, leisure time survey, time analysis of a week, instrument for measuring disruptions, and reading interest quiz are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Motivation
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.