ERIC Number: ED340374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Are Young Adults Getting Younger?
By analyzing the survey responses of almost 600 fifth and sixth graders, this study points to existing discrepancies between what most public librarians consider a young adult and what the youths consider themselves. Building on past research in the field of education, the writer points out that schools have done much to examine the phenomena of early adolescence and, as a result, have in many cases changed the structure and content of their fifth and sixth grades to meet their particular--and changing--needs. Parallel research in the field of public libraries shows no such suggested changes and the results of this study go on to suggest that perhaps some are needed. According to these survey results, more than 80% of the students said they would prefer to use the Young Adult room in a public library, even though that department does not usually cater to patrons under 13 years of age. These 10- through 12-year-olds went on to list the most recent titles they had checked out for pleasure, and nearly half of those ended up being classified into a department "older" than the one into which these youths are thought to fit. The survey questionnaires, letters of permission, and a list of titles selected by survey respondents are appended. (30 references; 11 figures) (Author/MAB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Kent State University.