Faculty Publications

Title

Student-described engagement with text: Insights are discovered from fourth graders

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Children's literature, Critical literacy, Elementary reading methods, Intrinsic motivations for reading, United states

Journal/Book/Conference Title

International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education

Volume

6

Issue

3

First Page

395

Last Page

414

Abstract

This article reports on a research study investigating student-described engagement with selfselected text in a classroom where a core reading program (in the context of this study meaning instruction based primarily on manuals and commercial textbooks) comprised the majority of their literacy instruction. Fourth grade students were invited to characterize their responses to their selfselected reading within focus group discussions. Data instruments included audio taped focus group discussions, student photographs, observational field notes, and students' literature. Implementing the constant comparative method for data analysis, outcomes were determined and implications for classroom practice suggested.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2014

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