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Title: General Reading Interest and Interest in Reading in the Science Classroom


1
General Reading Interest and Interest in Reading
in the Science Classroom
  • Kate Chall

2
Purpose for the Study
  • Politicians and educators have presented a
    decline in our nations reading achievement
    levels.
  • Teachers are being asked how you will motivate
    the 21st century learner?
  • The No Child Left Behind Act has left educators
    scrambling to find any methods by which to
    increase scores.

3
Purpose for the Study cont.
  • Research on reading motivation has blossomed over
    the past 25 years .
  • Researchers have found that beliefs, values and
    goals are key aspects to motivation.
  • Yet little information exists on motivation to
    read in specific content areas.

4
Background to the Problem
  • Politicians and educators have presented a
    decline in our nations reading achievement
    levels.
  • In 2005, 66 of students in Virginia scored at or
    below the basic level in science literacy in the
    eighth grade.
  • Research says 75 of students who were behind in
    reading in 3rd grade were also behind in high
    school by as much as four years or more.

5
Background to the Problem cont.
  • In 2002, the National Center for Educational
    Statistics reported only 36 of 12th grade
    students were proficient readers and 26 were
    sent into the workforce without basic reading
    skills.
  • These statistics are only taken from the students
    who remained in school many more dropped out
    before making it to the 12th grade.

6
Background to the Problem cont.
  • These staggering statistics make the need
    apparently clear.
  • Teachers in all content areas need to engage
    students in teaching basic reading and
    comprehension skills.

7
Statement of the Problem
  • The purpose of this study is to determine the
    effect of general student interest in reading on
    reading interest in seventh grade science
    classroom.
  • This study is aimed specifically at examining the
    current status of students interest in reading
    textbooks in a seventh grade science classroom.

8
Need for the Study
  • It has been reported that entry level jobs in the
    United States have higher reading requirements
    than required to graduate from high school
  • The demands of the 21st century workforce are
    requiring workers who can read well.
  • Ensuring advanced literacy achievement for all
    students is no longer a luxury but an economic
    necessity

9
Data Collection
  • Data was obtained by surveys issued to the
    students.
  • Information regarding SOL test scores were
    gathered eSIS. The researcher looked under each
    individual student to obtain the data needed for
    the study.

10
Results
11
Results cont.
  • There was a positive correlation between
    motivation to learn and general reading interest.
  • There was a negative correlation between age and
    general reading interest.
  • There was a negative correlation between race and
    general reading interest.
  • There was a positive correlation between gender
    and general reading interest.

12
Results cont.
13
Results cont.
  • There was a significant positive correlation
    between motivation to learn and non-fiction
    reading interest.
  • There was a significant positive correlation
    between motivation to learn and non-fiction
    reading interest.
  • There was a positive correlation between age and
    non-fiction reading interest.
  • There was a positive correlation between sex and
    non-fiction reading interest.
  • There was a significant negative correlation
    between age and non-fiction reading interest.

14
Results cont.
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Results cont.
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Results cont.
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Results cont.
  • There was a positive correlation between
    pass/fail rate of 5th grade science SOL test and
    6th grade reading SOL test.
  • There was a positive correlation between reading
    science textbook when directed and reading
    general books in free time.
  • There was a significant positive correlation
    between reading general books in free time and
    reading science textbook independently.

18
Results cont.
  • There was a significant positive correlation
    between reading general books in free time and
    reading science textbook independently.
  • There was a positive correlation between a
    students motivation to learn and reading for
    enjoyment in free time.

19
Conclusion
  • This study has revealed what most would already
    expect. Students who are generally interested in
    reading will also be interested in reading in
    science classrooms.
  • Although the majority of students are not
    generally interested in reading and fall in
    between.
  • There is an obvious disinterest in reading
    science material by the majority of students
    demonstrated by this study

20
Conclusion cont.
  • The need is for more research on how to engage
    students and get them excited about reading in
    science. The clear message from this research is
    the textbook is not the answer.
  • There is very little research to support teachers
    in this area. Plenty of advice exists on how to
    help students read and interpret textbooks.
    Textbooks are dry and hard to understand.

21
Conclusion cont.
  • Perhaps a future study could investigate reading
    sources such as magazines, tradebooks, and other
    such text and their effects on student interest
    in science classrooms.
  • The issue facing this study is finding those
    sources for use in the classroom. Money tends to
    be a barrier for teachers when they are provide
    with little to no budget and bookshelves full of
    expensive textbooks which most students cringe
    when the binding cracks open.

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The End
  • By Kate Chall
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