ERIC Number: ED465186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
Increasing Student Motivation To Improve Reading Performance.
Barber, Sandi; Franks, Shari; Madda, Felice; Rodriguez, Annette
This report describes a program for increasing student motivation in order to increase reading performance. The targeted population included second, third, fourth, and tenth grade special education students. Lack of motivation in reading was documented through data revealed by pre and post surveys of students' attitudes and interests towards reading. Checklists were also used to document behavior. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that reading performance can be affected by the need for immediate gratification and lack of parental involvement for the targeted students. Students from low-income families lack appropriate books and materials in the home. A review of literature solution strategies resulted in the selection of several categories of intervention. The programs include the Read Aloud program, D.E.A.R. program, Reading Buddy program, and incentive programs. Post-intervention data indicated that motivation to read significantly increased in all levels. All targeted students read at least one book at the end of the interventions and continued to read more often compared to the amount that they read prior to the interventions. For all targeted students, the interventions appeared to be effective. (Contains 28 references, 2 tables, and 4 figures. Three appendixes contain: a teacher observation checklist; the student survey and evaluation form; and the teacher journal form.) (Author/PM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development Field-Based Master's Program.