Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Ed Starkenburg

Second Advisor

Pat Kornelis


Students today, especially middle and high school students, are reading less for pleasure than they used to. Research studies have proven that reading helps students grow academically and encourages them to see the world differently. So, to encourage students to read, some schools are giving students time to read in independent programs such as Silent Sustained Reading (SSR), Accelerated Reader Program (ARP), or even implementing reward programs to improve students’ reading ability. Many researchers have described what aspects of independent reading programs work and what aspects do not. Their conclusions show that there are aspects within the programs that motivate students to read. Although Christian school teachers also want students to be motivated readers, their goals for their students are expanded due to their Christian worldview. The goal of this paper is to discover what a successful independent reading program looks like in the context of biblical, Christian education.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education