Please join us for the next TLC Seminar on Monday 28 November 2016 12:30 – 13:30 (location: HG5A-37). Our new professor Roel van Steensel will give a talk titled “Reading motivation: The difference between positive and negative motivations and evidence on successful interventions”. To help us order enough/not too much lunch, please register at before Thursday 24 November 14:00 .
In my talk I will first give a brief overview of the type of research I do and will be doing within the context of my chair “Reading Behavior” at the Vrije Universiteit. Subsequently, I will discuss the outcomes of two studies I conducted on the topic of reading motivation. In the first study I examined the issue of negative or ‘undermining’ motivations. It has recently been suggested that negative motivations are not simply the opposite of positive motivations, but that they constitute separate constructs which play an independent role in students’ reading development. Put simply: students who do not like reading, do not necessarily hate reading. I will present evidence showing that positive and negative motivations are indeed separate and that negative motivations explain additional variance in the reading scores of struggling readers in prevocational secondary education. The second study is a meta-analysis examining the effects of reading motivation interventions. I will discuss whether such interventions contribute to reading motivation and reading skills and which variables (program features, student characteristics) influence program effects. Finally, I will discuss whether interventions can reduce the afore-mentioned negative motivations.