Motivating and improving attitudes to reading in the final years of primary schooling in five New Zealand schools

Jo Fletcher, Michael Grimley, Janinka Greenwood, Faye Parkhill

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Abstract

Teachers are influential in motivating and improving attitudes towards reading. This article reports on an investigation of eight teachers of 10- to 12-year-old students from five New Zealand schools and the strategies they used to improve attitudes to reading. Each school had been identified as implementing effective reading programmes by a panel of literacy experts and supported by standardised tests demonstrating overall improvements in reading achievement. A reading culture developed by using sophisticated picture books and novels for discussion and debate along with ready access to age-related, high-interest appropriate books in the classroom and school library. Teachers worked with children on a whole class, group and individually and demonstrated explicit teaching using texts that engage the reader. The research suggests that children need support by their teachers to negotiate them away from potential points of discouragement in learning to read. Also, teachers need to be aware that reading may not be considered 'cool' at this time of early adolescence and initiate strategies to make reading fun.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalLiteracy
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 10- to 12-year-old students
  • Attitudes to reading
  • Motivating readers
  • Points of discouragement
  • Reading for enjoyment

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