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This report describes a program for improving students' attitudes toward reading. The targeted population consisted of second and third grade students in a growing middle class community. The problem of the lack of interest in reading and the poor quality of classroom work were evident in parent and student surveys, and teacher observations. Analysis of probable cause literature revealed that low self esteem and lack of confidence inhibit children's ability to enjoy reading. Children who did not engage in reading as a free time activity lost reading competence. These concerns were confirmed at the research site through baseline data. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in selection of five major categories of intervention: guided reading, teacher read alouds, buddy reading, independent reading of self-selected materials, and working with words. Post intervention data indicated an improvement in student attitudes toward reading. Students showed an increased interest and excitement toward reading of all reading materials. Matching students with appropriate high interest materials proved to be motivating to the students. Appendixes contain survey instruments and a sample Reading Buddies lesson plan. (Contains 43 references and 14 tables of data.) (Author/RS)

Descriptors: Action Research, Grade 2, Grade 3, Independent Reading, Primary Education, Reading Aloud to Others, Reading Attitudes, Reading Improvement, Reading Interests, Reading Motivation

Author: Dean, Stephanie J.; Trent, Jane A.


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