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ERIC Number: ED361674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 104
Abstractor: N/A
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Motivating Middle School Students To Increase Their Recreational Reading through Computers, Journal Writing and Reading Incentives.
Voorhees, P. Jean
To address middle school students' lack of motivation for recreational reading, the practicum reported here integrated activities designed to improve student attitudes toward reading into a middle school reading program. A target group of 75 students in sixth and seventh grades grouped homogeneously in remedial, average, or enrichment classes participated in the study. The program focused on four key activities for increasing recreational reading in school: sustained silent reading, journal writing, computer activities, and reading incentives. The classroom library was a focal point for students in self-selection of books during leisure time reading. Records of books read were logged in student journals as well as in the computer database. An after-school Reading Club was initiated and various other incentive programs were implemented. Outcomes were measured by comparison of student pre- and post-attitude surveys, teacher observation of books read and recorded, and participation in the reading club. Results indicated that students view reading as less important than other activities like watching television, listening to music, or participating in sports and hobbies. Nonetheless, students today are reading when able to choose what they read rather than what adults feel they should be reading. Eight appendixes of data and survey materials are attached. (Contains 32 references.) (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Language: English
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