Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Elizabeth Madson Ankeny

Second Advisor

Joy Bartlett


The purpose for conducting this study was to find ways to motivate reluctant middle school males to read. To do this qualitative research methods were used. Data was collected through participant interviews. Four teachers who teach English, Language Arts, or Communications were interviewed to find out what strategies they have used to change the attitudes of their male middle school aged students have about reading. The problem is that many middle school males struggle to be motivated to read. The three major themes that emerged from the research data were book choice, promotion of books, and knowledge of books.


SC 11.MAE.2015.Watters.A