Reading Motivation: A Guide to Understanding and Supporting Children’s Willingness to Read explains the importance of paying careful attention to children’s developing motivation to read and offers a step-by-step guide for conducting rigorous and systematic case studies of children’s motivation to read in specific contexts (e.g., reading intervention programs). The methods described in this book have been used successfully to elicit the perspectives of children as young as five years of age. In addition to carefully considering the views of children, readers are encouraged to work with peers to carefully select, collect, and analyze multiple types of data from a variety of sources to answer questions about their students’ motivation in trustworthy ways. Separate chapters explain how to formatively and summatively analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data and how to present findings and make changes to programming in response to findings. A summary and a guided activity appear at the end of each chapter to support the reader in practicing the skills introduced in the chapter.
Joy Dangora Erickson, PhD, is an assistant professor of education at Endicott College where she teaches courses in early childhood education, literacy and language development, and culturally responsive pedagogy. Joy’s primary research interests include early childhood reading motivation and early childhood education for citizenship; her research has been featured in a variety of journals including The Reading Teacher, Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, Teachers College Record, Reading & Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties, Democracy & Education, and The Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.
Joy Dangora Erickson and Luke Reynolds
Chapter 1. Why Should I Probe My Students’ Program-Specific Motivation?
Joy Dangora Erickson
Chapter 2. Ok, Ok, I’m In! Now What?! Defining Your Case and Refining Your Inquiry Question
Joy Dangora Erickson and Beth Fornauf
Chapter 3. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Using the Work of Others to Support Your Project
Joy Dangora Erickson and Alessandra E. Ward
Chapter 4. Data Collection: Deciding What to Collect and How to Collect It
Chapter 5. How am I Going to Fit Data Collection into My Packed Day? Outlining a Data Collection Plan
Joy Dangora Erickson and Kyleigh P. Rousseau
Chapter 6. I Have to Analyze All of This Too?! Drafting an Analysis Plan That Works for You
Beth Fornauf and Joy Dangora Erickson
Chapter 7. Help! I’m Drowning in Data! Making Sense of Qualitative Data
Chapter 8. What About Pre and Post Motivation Survey Scores? How Might They Support My Conclusions? Simple Quantitative Data Analysis
Carla M. Evans
Chapter 9. Presentations and Publications: Engaging Others in Your Work Inside and Outside of the Immediate Community
Joy Dangora Erickson and Cara E. Furman
Chapter 10. Tweaking Your Practice, Documenting What Happens, and Beginning Again
Joy Dangora Erickson & Alessandra E. Ward
About the Author and Contributors
Who selects reading programs? Oftentimes, administrators and teachers; in short: adults. Problematizing the commonplace action of excluding children from co-designing curriculum and seeking to democratize reading, Reading Motivation urges teachers to recognize and honor children’s voices in the selection of reading programs in which they participate. Centering the individual child and their needs and interests, this book offers pathways for understanding the power of case studies to the teaching of reading. The case studies presented, positioned as tools for teachers to learn alongside students, offer important windows into the agency and ingenuity of young children as capable curriculum co-designers and motivated readers. In addition to rich examples, readers are invited to learn alongside the authors via activities, which support new and experienced educators in documenting children’s interests, ultimately impacting their motivation to read.
At a time when policymakers, researchers, and educators are debating the best instructional approach to support reading acquisition, Joy Dangora Erickson reminds us that motivating students to read is an important ingredient in supporting students’ reading achievement—and more importantly, motivation is the key to promoting in students a lifelong love of reading. Reading Motivation: A Guide to Understanding and Supporting Children’s Willingness to Read is informed by current research and theory but it is also approachable and practical. It is an excellent resource for current and future elementary teachers alike as they consider how to optimally support their students’ literacy learning.
Supporting young readers’ motivation is essential in developing reading instruction that is centered on students’ instructional and socioemotional needs and their linguistic and cultural strengths. Reading Motivation helps teachers understand the important role of motivation through descriptive case studies, connections of theory to practice, and practical activities to guide teachers in supporting young readers’ motivation. Erickson explores this important dimension of effective reading instruction in this valuable book appropriate for teachers of all levels.
There has never been a better time to focus on the reading motivation needs of our youngest learners. This book is perfect for teams of teachers and interventionists to hear the voices of young readers as they strive to achieve in our classrooms. The case study approach detailed here privileges the voices of students and the methods are well suited to evaluating and refining the instruction offered to support them as they become fully invested and intrinsically motivated readers.