Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(1), pp. 81 - 97
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040111
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Operating Classroom Aesthetic Reading Environment to Raise Children's Reading Motivation


Mei-Ju Chou 1, Jui-Ching Cheng 2,*, Ya-Wen Cheng 3
1 Department of Early Childhood Education and Center for Teacher Education, National Pingtung University, Taiwan
2 Department of Early Childhood Education, National Pingtung University of Education, Taiwan
3 Department of Early Childhood Education, National Pingtung University, Taiwan

ABSTRACT

This research aims to explore how preschool educators understand about raising children's reading motivation through operating classroom aesthetic reading environment. With one year qualitative research, sixteen 4-6 years old young were observed and interviewed. The first stage interviews were undergone with environmental guidance. After the physical class reading environment was adjusted into aesthetic perspective, children's reading motivation and attitudes were triggered. The second stage involved themed reading activities, including the child-centered extended reading activities, arranging parent-child and peers shared reading time, designing borrowing books home activities, promoting peers and parent-child shared reading, and classroom hot-popular reading books selection ballot. Data collection methods included observation, interviews, children's relative documents, drawings, and hands-on works. Based on analysis of research data, main results were extracted as below: young children's reading motivation including interest, perceived control, collaboration, involvement, and efficacy were promoted through classroom aesthetic reading environment and parent-child shared reading promotion activities. Finally, according to conclusion of this research, suggestions for relative teaching application and subsequent research were proposed as reference.

KEYWORDS
Children, Class Reading Environment, Reading Motivation

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Mei-Ju Chou , Jui-Ching Cheng , Ya-Wen Cheng . "Operating Classroom Aesthetic Reading Environment to Raise Children's Reading Motivation." Universal Journal of Educational Research 4.1 (2016) 81 - 97. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040111.