Motivating Middle School Students to Become Active Readers
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Students entering middle school become less motivated to read. This research identifies why students become reluctant readers. It identifies factors that explain why students lack motivation to read for pleasure. The research also explains how Deci and Ryan’s self-determination theory identifies autonomy, competence, and relatedness as the three basic psychological needs that motivate students. Motivational strategies are identified which teachers are using to improve student motivation to read. Research suggests that integrating reading strategies into cooperative learning groups will motivate students to become better readers.