Date of Award

Fall 8-17-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Sherry DeVore

Second Advisor

Dr. Shawn Poyser

Third Advisor

Dr. Randy Caffey


The purpose of this quantitative research study was to explore teacher perceptions of secondary student reading attitudes across Missouri. The study was conducted to examine the variables of student engagement, Young Adult Literature, and reading attitude. A conceptual framework was established based upon the work of Layne (2009) and Schoenbach (2012). Secondary English teachers face the daunting task of teaching students not only reading comprehension but also reading engagement (Gallagher, 2009; Layne, 2009). Demographic information and survey responses were collected to determine teachers’ perspectives on student engagement, Young Adult Literature, and reading attitudes in high school English classrooms. Some of the survey items were adapted and modified from Schoenbach’s (2012) Reading Interest Survey. The data elicited consisted of percentages, means, and standard deviations of teacher survey responses. Overall, an analysis of the data indicated school districts should set clear expectations and plans for reading support. Based on the findings from this study, secondary students are not always engaged in reading, whether in or out of class. By specifically adding complex Young Adult novels to the curriculum, either as assigned reading or paired with classics, teachers may improve the reading attitudes of students. The findings from the study indicated teachers should utilize Young Adult Literature as a way to increase and improve student engagement and reading attitudes.


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