Taking Middle School kidsback to the adventurous worldof literature. Mrs. Dara K. Cepeda EDCT 6300.62 Dr. A. Herrera Spring 2012
Problem StatementThe problem is that middle school students in Texasdo not practice leisure reading creating a deficit intheir reading skills as measured by the NationalCenter for Education Statistics.
Purpose and NeedThe purpose of this review of literature was to examinereading interventions to promote positive attitudes towardsleisure reading. The need is to improve reading skills as reflected reading scores on the Nation’s Report Card.
Types of ResearchMost of the studiesincluded in thissynthesis areexperimental,non-experimental, qualitative, quantitative, descriptive, some of theseincludesurveys, questionnaires, casual-comparativeresearch, casestudies, andcorrelational studies.
Reviewing the LiteratureStudents are notmotivated to readbecause they do notnecessarilyunderstand themeaning of wordsthey are able topronounce(Palumbo &Loiacono, 2009).
Reviewing the Literature Students are not motivated to read books, however they are engaging in reading and interacting with multi-media, electronic and complex visual texts that relate to their lives as adolescents, but they still lack the passion in engagement to textual practice (Hamston & Love, 2005).
Reviewing the Literature Parental modeling promotes leisure reading. Parents play a significant role in developing and sustaining the leisure reading habits of children and adolescents (Kim, 2004; Strommen & mates, 2004, as cited in Hughes-Hassells, Rodge, 2007).
Results Students need to read more to develop their reading skills The majority don’t dedicate time to reading because either they are not motivated or they can not comprehend what they read It will take years for a struggling student to catch up with other peers. Students who read more perform better in many subject areas.
Gaps in the Literature Only one study explored possibilities in practicing reading with e-books. Researchers need to consider new ways of engaging students in literature by experimenting with technology.
ConclusionBased on the literature, experimentalstudies and reading interventionsdone, it is suggested students mustbe motivated to practice leisurereading.In order for them to become motivatedthey have to comprehend what theyare read and their reading materialshave to be at their interest. Schoolmust provide time for them to practicesilent reading. All of these will help inpromoting leisure reading.When they start reading forpleasure, their reading skills willimprove and this will be reflected onthe Nation’s Report Card readingscores.
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