Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Patricia L. Reeves

Second Advisor

Dr. Walter Burt

Third Advisor

Dr. Ronald Crowell


Inquiry, motivation, intrinsic, reading, self-efficacy, extrinsic


This research is a qualitative case study analysis of the experiences of five fifth grade students who were involved in a classroom, action research project. The purpose of this action research was to measure the impact of this method of instruction on reading motivation of the fifth grade class as a whole. From the action research project, five, individual, student cases were purposefully sampled for further in-depth analysis. The objective of the individual student case study analysis was to explain how the behaviors of five students with a low level of reading achievement, activity, and motivation changed, or did not change, after participating in a six-week, inquiry-based, reading class. The results of this study are presented in two phases. Phase I consists of the action research portion of this study, and Phase II focuses on a more detailed analysis of five, individual, student cases.

Criterion-based sampling was utilized in both phases of this study. Chosen participants possessed attributes that were specifically developed for the purpose of this study. Observations, interviews, and questionnaires were given to students and parents and used to collect information necessary to answer the research questions.

By examining how students respond to inquiry-based instruction, this study identified patterns of responses that related to self-efficacy, intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, goal orientation, and reading frequency.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access