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MS in Literacy Education



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Martha Murray


The purpose of this short term study was to determine the factors that affect students‟ motivation and how they differ across grade levels. This study focused on three students in grades first, third, and eighth, and the factors that influence their motivation to read. Data was collected through teacher and student interviews, observations, and student questionnaires that assessed students‟ reading motivation. The findings show that these students not only read for different reasons, but also display different levels of motivation and behaviors during reading activities. Another major finding was that giving students choices and allowing for group discussion motivates students. Teachers can implement certain instructional strategies in order to instill a natural love for reading and encourage reading motivation in students.

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