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ERIC Number: EJ1098404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
The Effect of Mandatory Reading Logs on Children's Motivation to Read
Pak, Sarah S.; Weseley, Allyson J.
Journal of Research in Education, v22 n1 p251-265 Spr 2012
Reading logs have become a practice in many elementary schools. Although lack of autonomy undermines intrinsic motivation (Lepper, Greene, & Nisbett, 1973), no study has examined the effect of logs. Second and third-grade students (N = 112) were assigned either a mandatory or voluntary log and surveyed about their motivation to read at baseline and after two months. Students with mandatory logs expressed declines in both interest and attitudes towards recreational reading in comparison to peers with voluntary logs, and attitudes towards academic reading decreased significantly from pre to post test across conditions. Future research should explore alternate ways to promote reading.
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Reading Motivation, Journal Writing, Grade 2, Grade 3, Student Surveys, Reading Attitudes, Pretests Posttests, Compliance (Psychology), Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Content Area Reading, Recreational Reading, Reading Interests, Program Effectiveness, Likert Scales, Attitude Measures, Surveys, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Statistical Analysis
Eastern Educational Research Association. George Watson, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, College of Education and Professional Development, Huntington, WV 25755. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.eeraorganization.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 3
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Elementary Reading Attitude Survey