ERIC Number: ED427283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Improving Children's Habits in Recreational Reading.
Jensen, Kris; Papp, Stacy; Richmond, Barbara
An action research project described a program for improving elementary children's recreational reading habits through a combination of modeling by the teacher plus incentives to enhance students' intrinsic motivation to read for enjoyment. The targeted population consisted of three suburban public schools, grades 2 and 4. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that teachers often fail to sufficiently model recreational reading. Television is a major deterrent to children's intrinsic motivation to read for fun. Parents do not sufficiently model and/or encourage habits conducive to the promotion of recreational reading. Surveys revealed that recreational reading is near the bottom of students' priority lists when given other recreational choices. Solution strategies, suggested by literature, combined with an analysis of surveys and teacher observations, resulted in the selection of modeling and incentives to promote recreational reading habits. In addition, activities such as Sustained Silent Reading on a daily basis and student sharing opportunities were implemented. (Contains 11 figures of data; appendixes contain parent letters/surveys, a student survey, a teacher survey on reading habits, a teacher observation checklist, a reading log form, Venn diagrams, and a cut-out headband in the shape of a frog.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.