ERIC Number: ED369039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Improve the Reading Motivation of Third-Grade Children with Extra Time, Encouragement and Choice.
Harrison, Ina Sue
A practicum was designed to motivate children to read and to read for pleasure. Since reading is considered an important part of the daily curriculum of an elementary school and spills over into every discipline taught, reading appears to be a key to success in all curriculum areas. An in-class model for delivering remedial assistance was used with 39 third-grade students. The goal of the practicum was that students express joy in reading and choose to read when given encouragement, choice in reading material, and time to read. Emphasis was placed on looking at the whole child from many different perspectives. Since there is never just one solution to a problem of lack of motivation, the desire was to incorporate many suggestions gleaned from the literature to design a holistic solution to the problem. A club theme was the umbrella under which many other parts of the program developed--parent involvement, self-esteem, writing, and performing. As a result of the practicum, students were reading with renewed interest and expressed this interest to teachers and parents. They responded positively on a reading survey and wrote positive remarks in their journals. (Contains 40 references and two tables of data; appendixes present a reading attitude inventory, a guide to journal response, student-parent contracts, a storytelling guide, reading log sheets, and other material associated with the club theme.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Motivation
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.