Erin Keener

Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2016

Document Type

Education 530 Project

Degree Name

Master of Education



First Advisor

Guth, Nancy

Major or Concentration



Motivation is an important factor that helps determine the amount and enjoyment of student reading which in turn effects student's comprehension, vocabulary and overall knowledge (Hall, 2014; Mohr, 2006; Reinking & Watkins, 2000). Motivation can be effected by student's abilities and opportunities to choose challenging yet appropriate books (Corcoran & Mamalakis, 2009; Duncan, 2013; Fisher & Frey, 2012; Guthrie, Hoa, Wigfield, Tonks & Perencevich, 2006) as well as their ability to create and accept book reviews and recommendations (Atkinson, 2015) which is the focus of the research discussed in this paper. The research was conducted on 2nd graders who participated in producing and gaining guidance from peer book recommendations. Student motivation to read was measured before and after the experiment using the Motivations of Reading Questionnaire (MRQ) (Cox & Guthrie, 2001). Overall, the book recommendations did not result in an increase in reading motivation. Regardless of the minimal results, this research is still important due to the importance of reading motivation on student success.

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