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Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe

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Abstract

VOS, Elize; ELLIS, Suria; VAN DEN BERG, Ria  and  NEL, Carisma. Wigfield and Guthrie's Motivation for Reading Questionnaire for Afrikaans speaking adolescents?. Tydskr. geesteswet. [online]. 2016, vol.56, n.3, pp.763-779. ISSN 2224-7912.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2224-7912/2016/v56n3a3.

Wigfield and Guthrie's Motivation for Reading Questionnaire (MRQ) consists of 53 items and eleven reading motivation dimensions that can be used to compile a reading motivation profile of learners. Wigfield and Guthrie, internationally recognised reading motivation researchers, used the MRQ for different learner groups in different grades and countries to compile reading motivation profiles of learners. During 2012, the questionnaire was used for the first time in South Africa to compile the reading motivation profile of 806 Afrikaans-speaking grade 9 learners from different geographical areas within an education district. In order to compile the reading motivation profile of Afrikaans-speaking learners, the MRQ was translated. It was necessary to adapt some of the items of the MRQ for the context of Afrikaans speaking learners in mainstream schools. The analysed research results indicated that the MRQ could be interpreted as consisting of less than eleven reading motivation dimensions identified by Wigfield and Guthrie. Some of the items were interpreted as belonging to more than one of the eleven dimensions or to another dimension as being placed within the original MRQ. The question was posed as to whether the same reading motivation profile of a group learners can be obtained by using a more compact MRQ (fewer items and fewer reading motivation dimensions). In the current article the conclusion is drawn that the same reading motivation profile of the specified respondents can be obtained by using a more compact MRQ than the original MRQ.

Keywords : Afrikaans speaking learner(s); Motivation for Reading Questionnaire (MRQ); reading motivation; reading motivation profile.

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