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The recent focus on boys' underachievement in literacy has prompted interventions to improve their attitudes and achievement. One research-based strategy to engage boys in reading is to provide texts that are relevant to them. This study examined the impact of reading about a typical boy interest area, sports, on students' attitudes and achievement. The results did not show that students who read soccer texts had improved reading attitudes or achieved higher literacy scores than students who read texts from the traditional school curriculum. However, this research suggests that the relationship between reading soccer texts and an increase in reading attitudes may be stronger for girls than boys. This study raises questions about current strategies that frame boys as a homogeneous group and argues for the inclusion of non-traditional forms and genres to meet the literacy needs of all students.
Koppeser, Daniela, "He reads, he scores: The effect of soccer texts on students' attitudes and achievement in reading" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 7901.