Thesis Title

Deterents to Reading and Methods to Support Students to Become Lifelong Readers

Graduation Date

Fall 2006

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD


In order to provide students with an encouraging environment to become self-motivated to read on their own, teachers and parents must become aware of some inhibitors to recreational reading and know the best practices to combat them. An important step is determining the students’ attitude towards reading. Then, it may be possible to gauge what needs to be enhanced in the classroom or/and in the home. This research examines the importance of learning about students’ motivation to read, review possible deterrents to reading, and provides practical methods for teachers and parents to support students in becoming lifelong readers. The literature reveals that there are many factors that hinder a student from reading for pleasure. Deterrents, such as the increased use of technology, the lack of multicultural literature, and the lack of role models, impede a student from time and interest in recreational reading. With the support of parents and teachers, students can receive assistance to help boost their motivation to read.

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