Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

First Advisor

Toby Jenkins-Henry


The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of audio books on students’ reading experiences in a public elementary school in rural upstate South Carolina. This study was conducted to address the problem of practice reported by teachers as low motivation and engagement during independent reading in classrooms that contributed to negative experiences during independent reading. This action research study utilized interviews, a focus group, a survey, and classroom observations to gather qualitative data on the reading experience before and after the introduction of audio books from three resources. Adult support, access, interest, focus, and difficulty were themes revealed during data collection and analysis that impacted the experience of reading for students. The study revealed that audio books may or may not have an impact on students’ perceptions of reading, but their implementation can positively impact the reading experience for students.