Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Education, Montessori

First Advisor

Margaret Beagle


Montessori Early Childhood


This action research focused on the incentives parents/guardians found valuable when participating in parent/child workshops within the Raising a Reader program. The research took place over six weeks within the public school system in a low-income, rural district in Maryland. All parents and guardians with children in prekindergarten and kindergarten classes received invitations to be a part of the research. The research utilized artifact data from previous parent surveys, inquiry data consisting of pre and post assessments, and observational data during parent/child workshops. Data findings suggest that parent/child-centered incentives are most valuable to parents, including spending time with, reading with, and learning a new skill to share with their child. Parent also valued being with other parents, going on field trips, and having a family meal provided. Future research should employ a longer implementation period for parent/child workshops, as well as incentive assessments after each workshop.