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ERIC Number: EJ985145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
The Influence of Personality Characteristics on Children's Intrinsic Reading Motivation
Medford, Emma; McGeown, Sarah P.
Learning and Individual Differences, v22 n6 p786-791 Dec 2012
Research suggests that children's motivation to read is influenced by their level of reading skill and reading self-concept. However, it is possible that characteristics unrelated to reading, such as underlying personality characteristics, may also influence children's motivation to read. The current study examined the extent to which children's intrinsic reading motivation was predicted by their reading skill, reading self-concept, and personality characteristics. Two hundred and ninety five children (aged 10-11) completed questionnaires measuring reading motivation, reading self-concept, personality characteristics, and also completed a reading assessment. It was found that personality explained significant variance in intrinsic reading motivation after accounting for reading skill and reading self-concept. Furthermore, personality factors accounted for similar amounts of variance in intrinsic reading motivation as reading self-concept and skill. The implications for improving children's motivation to read are discussed, in addition to the importance of tailoring educational and motivational strategies to individuals. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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