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ERIC Number: EJ938968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1099-839X
Student Attitudes toward Accelerated Reader: "Thanks for Asking!"
Smith, Amy; Westberg, Karen
Current Issues in Education, v14 n2 2011
The Accelerated Reader program was designed by Renaissance Learning to increase students' motivation to read and students' achievement in reading; however, a review of the literature reveals inconsistent findings about its outcomes. The Renaissance Learning company reports several research studies on their website that suggest the program is meeting its goals. Independent research studies about students' attitudes toward the program, however, have been varied, some reporting favorable attitudes toward the program and others indicating unfavorable results. What do students really think about the Accelerated Reader program, a widely used supplemental, independent reading program in which students read fiction and non-fiction books of their choice and take brief online comprehension quizzes about the books? The results from our study on students' attitudes toward AR in Grades 3-8 from student focus group interviews are described in this article. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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