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The Role of Motivation in Adults’ Reading Comprehension: A Lifespan View

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Abstract

Reading comprehension plays an integral role in adults’ daily lives and is thus central to adults’ positive life outcomes. Yet, millions of American adults lack the requisite reading skills necessary for basic literacy. Although research on adult literacy has traditionally focused on cognitive aspects of reading processes, the field has recently turned attention to the important role of positive, subjective factors such as motivation, in adults’ reading comprehension development. Expert adult readers read often, with interest, and are highly motivated, providing models of optimal life outcomes that point to potential areas of intervention for adults with low literacy.

Keywords

Reading comprehension Literacy Adult literacy Motivation Interest Engagement Lifespan Positive psychology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Christopher Newport UniversityNewport NewsUSA

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