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Literature Analysis

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Topic and Statement of purpose
I aim to use action research as a fundamental component towards my professional practice. Action research captures the important elements of a systematic research process in the context of the everyday work of teachers (Kervin, L. 2006, p193). This will give me the potential to add significantly to my knowledge about teaching and learning as well as directly influencing my educational practice (Kervin, L. 2006, p193). As a pre-service teacher, I have limited experience and knowledge to base my needs upon, however, I appreciate my knowledge base and can recognize areas that need improvement.
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During my practical placement last year, I was extremely concerned with the numerous numbers of students who were unmotivated to read and therefore lacked the confidence to attempt to read at all. As a pre-service teacher on my first placement, I did not feel knowledgeable or confident with the skills and strategies needed to build my student’s motivation to read and found myself feeling dispirited and frustrated. I attempted to make my lesson plans as fun as I could in order to obtain encouragement for my students to want to read, however I was still unable to motivate the students to positively participate. The feeling of letting down my students was excruciating, this is why I want to research the topic to discover theories and strategies that will help me in my future practical experience, as I am certain I will come across unmotivated readers again in the classroom.
The Quality Teaching Dimension 2 ‘Quality Learning Environment’ is predominantly associated with this focus topic. The elements 2.2 Engagement, 2.5 Students Self-Regulation and 2.6 Student Direction are particularly related (NSW, Department of Eductaion and Training, 2003). Engagement is identified by on-task behaviors such as sustained interest and attentiveness on work (NSW, Department of Eductaion and Training, 2003), my topic relies significantly on this element of engagemnt, as in a means to motivate my students to read their engagement must be elevated in order to persue on-task behavior in their reading tasks. Student regulation is when students demonstrate autonomy and intitiative in relation to their own behavior (NSW, Department of Eductaion and Training, 2003) to ensure this, acitivites in the classroom are suggested to be purposeful and interetsing with clear goals (NSW, Department of Eductaion and Training, 2003) – I believe that this will be an important aspect to my research when descovering ways to motivate my readers. Student direction relies heavily on the choice of acitivites, time spent on tasks, pace of the lesson and criteria by which they will be assessed (NSW, Department of Eductaion and Training, 2003). Aspects of student direction will possibly motivate and encourage students to read if the lesson involves the suggetsed approaches.
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