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Motivating the reluctant reader in the intermediate grades

1 January 1994


Motivating the reluctant students to read has been a concern and a challenge to many intermediate teachers. There are many factors which influence the reading behavior of students, and teachers cannot take total responsibility for the students' lack of motivation. Motivation is something nobody else can give you, others can help motivate you, but basically it must come from you.

After five and a half months of observations, interviews and participation the researcher determined there is not one simple answer to what motivates the reluctant students to read. Teachers can make reading attractive, stimulating, provide incentives and rewards, but what motivates one student may not interest another. The study concluded with the researcher emphasizing the need to determine motivational factors are unique to each student.


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