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ERIC Number: ED551991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 203
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-6933-3
Listening to the Voices of Boys: A Mosaic Approach to Exploring the Motivation to Engage in Reading
Fiedler, Krista M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Northern Colorado
The purpose of this study was to examine what information third-grade boys attending school in three rural school districts might contribute to current understanding about what motivates boys to engage in reading. A multi-method, multi-sensory Mosaic Approach was used to explore, record, and interpret the voices of the 14 boys with varying levels of reading proficiency, English proficiency, and attitude towards reading. This in-depth study of what motivates these boys to engage in reading also examined the value and potential benefits of using the Mosaic Approach as a means to allow boys to communicate in their own voices and through the use of their competencies. The mosaic pieces utilized in this study included a Shoulder-to-Shoulder interview (verbal), a Book Making interview activity (written), and a Create Your Thoughts interview art activity (visual). The findings of this study revealed that when asked about their motivation to engage in reading, the responses of the boys could be categorized into nine theory-based categories that could be analyzed for deeper understanding. The significance of this study was found in the understanding gained from the use of the Mosaic Approach and from listening to the voices of boys who were able to inform our thinking about what motivated them to read. Their voices clearly communicated that there were many different combinations of motivational forces, and classroom opportunities that met individual motivational needs were necessary for engagement in reading. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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