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Perceptions of School Library Media Specialists in Promoting Student Intrinsic Motivation

Title: Perceptions of School Library Media Specialists in Promoting Student Intrinsic Motivation.
Name(s): Durtschi, Shawna Asha, author
Turner, Jeannine E. (Jeannine Ellen), professor directing thesis
Phillips, Beth M., committee member
Latham, Don, 1959-, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems , degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Master Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (107 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: School library media specialists have a flexible role within the structure of a school's environment, which allows for a unique opportunity to promote students' reading motivation. This study qualitatively explored school library media specialists' beliefs and practices regarding promoting students' intrinsic motivation; specifically the strategies they use to promote students' motivation, and examine their own workplace motivation. A qualitative ethnographic framework was used to explore media specialists within the larger environment of a school system. This included a semi-structured interviews and informal observations. Four elementary public school library media specialists from low-achieving schools and four from high achieving schools from one district participated. The interviews explored participants' roles as media specialists and their strategies to promote students' reading motivation, collaboration with teachers, and how they situated their media center within the larger school environment. The results were an emergence of a model where the media specialist's role includes their beliefs, strategies, and responsibilities, which surround the heart of their role, connecting the right book to the right student. In this, the media center plays a role. The model encompassed not only the beliefs, strategies, and responsibilities the media specialists used to promote students' motivation, but also the media specialists' perceptions of outside influences on students. The outcomes of their roles connect with the media center, which in turn influence students' intrinsic motivation to read.
Identifier: FSU_2017SP_Durtschi_fsu_0071N_13794 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: March 28, 2017.
Keywords: Elementary Education, Librarians, Motivation, School Libraries
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Jeannine Turner, Professor Directing Thesis; Beth Phillips, Committee Member; Don Latham, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
Library science
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Owner Institution: FSU

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