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Reading promotion; Preteens--Books and reading; School children--Books and reading;


As our society begins to look for ways to raise the literacy level in the United States the focus is centered on our schools and helping students become life long readers. Questions have arisen about why some students have developed an aversion to reading at early ages and why some students who have strong reading skills choose not to read on a regular basis. The purpose of this research was to explore upper elementary students' attitudes about reading and explore different factors that influence these students to develop the motivation to engage in independent reading.

Parents as well as the community also influence students' motivation to be independent readers. Attitudes change as students grow older and so it is important to understand the factors that influence upper elementary students to read independently. Strategies can be used by teachers and parents to guide students into independent reading.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Mary J. Selke


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