Student Author Information

Anna-Catherine KuengFollow

Location

Sydnor Auditorium

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2022

Department

English

Abstract

Reading for pleasure has countless benefits for people of all ages, including social, emotional, and intellectual growth. However, one’s love for reading does not appear spontaneously; it is something that is cultivated inside and outside of school. From being read to by parents, to including literature-based social media activities in the classroom, there are many factors that make students enjoy reading. This research explores specific factors that make people want to read and how K-12 teachers can use this knowledge to become better teachers. As the title suggests, the essence of this research is to answer the question: how can teachers instill a lifelong love of reading in students? The data collected is from University of Lynchburg students and residents at The Summit Retirement Community in Lynchburg, VA. These two groups were surveyed in order to gauge which classroom reading practices were most impactful in students’ lives. Although this research is most beneficial for current and future K-12 educators, it may also be insightful for individuals who wish to learn more about reading habits.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Nina Salmon, Thesis Director Dr. Nichole Sanders, Westover Advisor Dr. Greg Martin, Education Advisor

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Apr 6th, 10:00 AM

The Benefits of Reading for Pleasure, and How To Instill a Lifelong Love of Reading in Students

Sydnor Auditorium

Reading for pleasure has countless benefits for people of all ages, including social, emotional, and intellectual growth. However, one’s love for reading does not appear spontaneously; it is something that is cultivated inside and outside of school. From being read to by parents, to including literature-based social media activities in the classroom, there are many factors that make students enjoy reading. This research explores specific factors that make people want to read and how K-12 teachers can use this knowledge to become better teachers. As the title suggests, the essence of this research is to answer the question: how can teachers instill a lifelong love of reading in students? The data collected is from University of Lynchburg students and residents at The Summit Retirement Community in Lynchburg, VA. These two groups were surveyed in order to gauge which classroom reading practices were most impactful in students’ lives. Although this research is most beneficial for current and future K-12 educators, it may also be insightful for individuals who wish to learn more about reading habits.