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Many middle school students have little desire to read independently and struggle with reading achievement. The use of computerized reading programs is being widely used in schools to help improve this problem. The researcher intended to investigate the effect that Scholastic Reading Counts™ has on middle school students' reading motivation during and after participation in the program. The study consisted of two phases in which students kept reading logs of the minutes they read for pleasure during school and outside of school. During the first phase, students participated in the Scholastic Reading Counts™ program as part of their reading classes. During the second phase, students did not participate in Scholastic Reading Counts™. The researcher found significant differences in pleasure reading with and without the program. However, the researcher concluded that teachers might have influenced the amount of pleasure reading done by students more or instead of the Scholastic Reading Counts™ program.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Barbara Safford


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