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What Motivates Students to Read at School?: Student Views on Reading Practices in Middle and Lower-Secondary School
Dalarna University, School of Teacher Education, Educational Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9990-5501
Dalarna University, School of Teacher Education, Educational Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2130-4797
Dalarna University, School of Teacher Education, Educational Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7561-7679
Institutionen för naturvetenskapernas och matematikens didaktik, Umeå universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1535-873x
2022 (English)In: Journal of research in reading (Print), ISSN 0141-0423, E-ISSN 1467-9817, Vol. 45, no 1, p. 100-118Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Reading amount is decisive for individual students’ academic success as well as for the general strength of democratic societies. Still, the amount of both leisure-time and school-related reading is decreasing. To reverse this trend, more knowledge of what drives students’ school reading is needed. Methods: Drawing on Self-Determination Theory (SDT), the study is based on structured interviews with 259 students in Grades 6 and 9 from 14 different schools. Descriptive statistical analyses were made to map students’ perceptions of themselves as readers and their school-related reading practices, and to find out what regulates students’ motivation for in-class reading. Results: Although students express a strong will to become good readers, our data indicate that students are mainly driven by controlled motivation for their school-related reading; autonomous motivation was only expressed by a minority of students in Grade 6. What would make students read more are mainly text and instruction related factors such as more interesting texts and more time allocated to reading. Conclusions: Our results point to a great potential for more in-class reading across the curriculum, reading sessions that need to be regularly scheduled using carefully selected texts. In line with SDT, our findings highlight the importance of fulfilling students’ need for competence, relatedness, and autonomy in order for them to develop more self-determined behavior, such as leisure-time reading – which in turn will boost their reading self-concept.

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2022. Vol. 45, no 1, p. 100-118
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school reading, reading motivation, reading self-concept, student perceptions, middle-school, lower-secondary school, Self-Determination Theory
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Pedagogical Work
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Education and Learning, Att läsa eller inte läsa: En studie av grundskolans läspraktiker
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-39329DOI: 10.1111/1467-9817.12386ISI: 000750280500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85124091350OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-39329DiVA, id: diva2:1628697
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-04747Available from: 2022-01-16 Created: 2022-01-16 Last updated: 2023-04-14

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