MA Reading Education
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education
College of Education
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
Accountability, Collaboration, Independent Reading, Motivation, Self-selection, Student Choice
Reading (Middle school)
Language and Literacy Education
The purpose of the study was to examine middle school students' motivation to read. The goal was to see what happens to seventh grade students' motivation to read independently when given the opportunity to self-select and discuss books in a classroom setting that mimics a real-world cafe. Motivation profiles, interest surveys, reflections, and student work were all analyzed. The focus group of students demonstrated changes in how students viewed themselves as readers and their desire to read independently for leisure. The implications for teaching in a seventh grade classroom are discussed. A complete data analysis provided the major assertions and implications about the research topic.
Merkler, Ashley Lauren, "Independent reading: the power of self-selection and cafe discussions in a seventh grade classroom" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 2343.