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Reading motivation of Sixth-Grade Elementary School Students - results from an interview study

  • Based on research by Wigfield and Guthrie (1997), Moller and Bonerad (2007) as well as Schaffner and Schiefele (2007) have developed questionnaires to assess students' reading motivation. The goal of the present study was to examine whether these instruments coincide with students' subjective views of their own reading motivation. In order to clarify this question, we conducted interviews with 26 elementary school students and applied content analysis to examine the interview protocols. Although the results support some of the theoretically postulated components, they suggest that questionnaire measures have neglected some important aspects of reading motivation (e. g., reading to regulate one's feelings, reading to relax). Finally, consequences for the revision of reading motivation questionnaires were discussed.

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Author:Ulrich Schiefele, Ellen Schaffner
ISSN:0342-183X (print)
Parent Title (German):Psychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht : Zeitschrift für Forschung und Praxis
Place of publication:München
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2013
Year of Completion:2013
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:Reading motivation; elementary school; interview method
First Page:214
Last Page:233
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Psychologie
Peer Review:Referiert