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Motivating Children to Read and Write

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Critique of Literature

Article Selection

Through ample research of peer-reviewed journal articles in relation to motivating struggling readers to read, I came across common themes and different strategies/approaches that interested me. These commonalities in numerous articles lead me to a particular direction in my reading expedition towards learning and expanding my knowledge about my focus topic. I carefully selected four journal articles to critically investigate in response to my questions regarding my own professional practice. The four journals are as follows:

1. Putman, M. & Walker, C. (2010). Motivating children to read and write: using informal learning environments as contexts for literacy instruction. Journal Of Research In Childhood Education, 24 (2), pp. 140--151.

This article explores how motivation can be pursued through the use of literacy experiences in non-traditional contexts (informal learning environments) as they provide authentic opportunities for literacy engagement through a variety of integrated instructional experiences. Situational interests, choice, goals, emotions and personal competency beliefs were proven to impact motivation towards students reading. Qualitative research was addressed by examining tutor reflections of students to determine themes regarding children’s motivation, as well as quantitative research that included the computation of descriptive statistics and paired samples on a total score of motivation. The crucial key from this article was that educational experiences in informal learning environments could increase children’s reading motivation (Putman & Walker, 2010).

2. Guthrie, J. T., Wigfield, A., Humenick, N. M., Perencevich, K. C., Taboada, A. & Barbosa, P. (2006). Influ...

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Kervin, L., Vialle, W., Herrington, J. & Okely, T. (2006). Research for educators. Cengage Learning Australia.

Marinak, B. A. & Gambrell, L. B. (2008). Intrinsic motivation and rewards: what sustains young children's engagement with text?. Literacy Research And Instruction, 47 (1), pp. 9--26.

NSW, Department Of Eductaion And Training (2003). [online] Retrieved from: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/Resources/Schools/Education/Pedagogy/2006/SummaryofQuality-JanPoona.pdf [Accessed: 12 Mar 2014].

Putman, M. & Walker, C. (2010). Motivating children to read and write: using informal learning environments as contexts for literacy instruction. Journal Of Research In Childhood Education, 24 (2), pp. 140--151.

Young, C. & Rasinski, T. (2009). Implementing readers theatre as an approach to classroom fluency instruction. The Reading Teacher, 63 (1), pp. 4--13.
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