This thesis focuses on how cultural connections in classroom influences students<'> value of learning, specifically, their value of reading. Several researchers and theorists have emphasized the importance of balancing cognitive and conative aspects of children<'>s reading development. However, what is lacking in these studies is a focus on Pacific Islander (PI) children. The purpose of this study was to examine value of reading for diverse students who may be struggling in classrooms designed for White, middle-class students. Findings provide educators and those working with diverse students a chance to consider how connecting cultural backgrounds for all students can help in classrooms. This study was framed from a larger study on equity in teaching academic language conducted by the supervising professor, Dr. Bryant Jensen. This research study used a mixed method approach: multiple regression analysis to predict gains in PI students<'> reading values, and interviews with classroom teachers. Fourth through sixth grade Latino and PI students in 32 classrooms participating in the quantitative study, and three teachers were interviewed. Due to the short time frame, PI students<'> value of reading did not increase on average. Themes also emerged during interviews with the classroom teachers. I conclude with a discussion, implications, and recommendations for future research studies and educators working with PI and other diverse students.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Teacher Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sylva, Lyndsai K., "Cultural Connections in the Classroom and Pacific Islander Students<'> Value of Reading" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 7126.
cultural connection, Pacific Islanders, expectancy value theory, reading motivation