Children’s engagement in reading for pleasure: developing a reading environment to promote enjoyment in reading.

Student, A. (2017) Children’s engagement in reading for pleasure: developing a reading environment to promote enjoyment in reading. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

This paper intended to study the impact that aspects of a reading environment, namely, reading aloud and creating a reading corner and library display, can have on children’s engagement in reading for pleasure. The research took place in a lower key stage 2 class with 29 pupils, in a predominantly white, middle-class, single form entry primary school, located in Southern England. The initial concept of this study emerged from the National Literacy Trust survey on children’s reading habits and preferences, which found that only 55% of children and young people stated that they loved reading. From this, the researcher was inspired to understand how developing a reading culture in a classroom can positively impact children’s reading for pleasure.
The study offered children the opportunity to be co-researchers as the teacher took on the role of researcher-practitioner and encouraged children to invest in the culture changes in the classroom. Although quantitative data was collected, the small research sample offered a more in-depth and qualitative insight into children’s perceptions and engagement in reading for pleasure.
To gather data whilst the reading environment in the classroom was implemented, a semi-structured questionnaire was distributed to all 29 of the children, followed by semi-structured interviews with a stratified sample of the class to gain a deeper understanding of the children’s responses in the questionnaire.
The findings revealed that, despite time restraints and scheduling limitations, reading aloud to children had the greatest influence on children’s attitudes, habits and preferences in reading of all the strategies implemented.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Primary Teaching
Uncontrolled Keywords: primary teaching, teaching, reading
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: Departments > Education
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ruth Clark
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2018 16:18
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2018 16:18
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3323

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