Motivating the Reluctant Adolescent Reader
Dwyer, Jillene K.
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Despite the fact that research has shown a strong positive correlation between reading and academic achievement, many adolescents who are capable of reading at or beyond grade level do not choose reading as an activity during their free time. The problem with such aliterate students lies in a lack of motivation to read rather than a lack of ability. While educators implement many remediation interventions for struggling readers, the issue of motivating competent readers to independently incorporate reading into their daily lives is largely under addressed. This study consists of a review of literature on the topic of reading motivation: why it seems to decline during the middle school years, why addressing the issue in schools is so important, and methods teachers and school librarians can apply to inspire adolescents toward a reading habit that will continue throughout their lives.