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Developing Reading Identities: Understanding Issues of Motivation within the Reading Workshop

Miller, Leigh (2013) Developing Reading Identities: Understanding Issues of Motivation within the Reading Workshop. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Empirical evidence suggests a correlation between motivation and reading achievement as well as a decline in motivation as students progress through the grades. In order to address this issue, it is necessary to determine the instructional methods that promote motivation and identity development in reading. This study examines the motivation and the identity development of four fourth grade students as they experienced the reading workshop over the course of one year. Ford’s Motivational Systems Theory and Wenger’s Theory of Learning frame the study of student motivation and identity development within the reading workshop. Data related to motivation and identity development was collected weekly through student interviews, surveys, and conferences. A description of the context was gained through researcher observations and a teacher interview. Analysis of this data revealed that (1) Increased time spent reading self- selected books correlates positively to student motivation and identity development. (2) Increased responsive feedback from teachers and peers is correlated with increased motivation and reading identity development. (3) These elements form the crux of the reading workshop, which supports the notion that this model of instruction encourages motivation and identity development. (4) The correlation between motivation, identity development, and achievement is not evident in the context of this study. However, this correlation often emerges over time. This dissertation concludes with directions for future research, which may contribute to a further understanding of the relationship between student motivation, identity development and the reading workshop.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairScott,
Committee MemberCrawford, Patriciapcrawfor@pitt.eduPCRAWFOR
Committee MemberWanless, Shannonswanless@pitt.eduSWANLESS
Committee MemberSobolak, Michelle
Date: 30 August 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 24 June 2013
Approval Date: 30 August 2013
Submission Date: 27 July 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 172
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Motivation, Identity, Reading Workshop, Elementary Education
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2013 19:09
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:14


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