Date Approved


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MA Reading Education


Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education


College of Education


Browne, Susan

Committee Member 1

Madden, Marjorie

Committee Member 2

Lee, Valarie


engagement, goal-setting, motivation, partnerships, self-evaluation, self-monitoring


Reading; Language arts (Elementary)


Elementary Education | Language and Literacy Education


The purpose of this research study is for second grade students to form a partnership with their teacher and peers to set reading goals. One goal of the study is to examine how forming partnerships with peers and the teacher helps students better understand themselves as readers. Another goal is to investigate how the created partnerships motivate students to set reading goals independently. A variety of data was collected and analyzed, including notes, observations, student conversations, and charts reported in a teacher research journal, along with the pre and post assessment data, such as the Reading Attitude Survey, student written narratives, and student rating scales and goal sheets. Also analyzed were the student artifacts collected throughout the study in personal reading folders. After close examination of these data sources, five themes were discovered that are seen throughout the course of the research study. When second grade students form a partnership with their teacher and peers to set reading goals, there is a higher level of engagement, increased motivation to read and share ideas, increased stamina, along with willingness to complete challenging tasks, increased usage of reading strategies, which supports comprehension, and lastly, a fostered love for reading.