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Education (M.Ed.)

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College of Education


This study is an exploration of the relationship between motivation and reading comprehension in tenth grade English/language arts students. The fifty-five voluntary participants were tenth grade students at West Ottawa High School in Holland, Michigan. They were given a short story to read and then a short test for motivation and a reading comprehension quiz were administered. Both assessment tools were then scored and the results analyzed, using the Pearson r to measure the significance of the coefficient. The resulting correlation (0.73) between motivation and reading comprehension indicates that there is indeed a strong relationship between the two variables. This strong relationship seems to indicate that a focus upon the motivation of students with low reading scores would be beneficial to those individuals.


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