Date of Award/Publication

Spring 2012

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Degree Name

MS in Literacy Education




This research paper examines the various factors that motivate boys and girls when it comes to reading, while also addressing the mixture of influences that impact student reading preferences. Current research claims that boys and girls have different preferences, which result in the “gender gap” that students are faced with in the schools today. Action research was conducted in which 12 students, two boys and two girls from fourth, fifth, and sixth grade, were asked to select books based on their individual reading preferences. This research found that the factors which influence boys and girls reading preferences were similar among the different genders, but varied by grade. This finding implies that students need the opportunity to select books based on their individual preferences.

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