Graduation Date

5-2010

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program

Education

Department or Program Chair

Madalienne F. Peters, Ed.D.

First Reader

Madalienne F. Peters, Ed.D.

Abstract

One of the main challenges that elementary teachers face is developing a reading program that adequately meets the need of all students. Given that not all students learn in the same manner, it is imperative that teachers find ways to motivate and excite all students when it comes to reading. Research has shown that motivation for reading predicts reading achievement as it is reflected on standardized tests and in school grades (Sweet, Guthrie, & Ng, 1998). Forms of technology such as digital books, CD-ROM storybooks, and interactive software programs have been successful in both motivating students to read and improving reading fluency skills. This research explores ways in which electronic books can be used to motivate students to read, thereby improving their reading skills. This research also provides information detailing the extensive use of electronic books in one elementary classroom. Results indicate that electronic books are motivating to elementary students.

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