Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Elizabeth Madson Ankeny

Second Advisor

Ron Petrich


Research consistently shows that students begin their schooling with both a passion and a desire to read but as time progresses, many kids turn their backs on reading as a casual and consistent act once they reach middle school years. Research suggests that the simple joy of reading may increase scores in all core subject summative assessments and sparks important brain growth. The objective of this action research project was to interview sfudents from an 8th grade language arts classroom on their individual perceptions of reading. All students participating in the study had at some point of the school year openly admitted to "hating" or disliking reading and some routinely scored low on reading assessments. Through the interviews with the study's participants, the data collected reinforced prior research surrounding adolescent students and their perceptions of reading and also illuminated some lesser known factors impacting a teen's perception of reading.


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