ERIC Number: ED379603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Literacy Perceptions of Runaway Adolescents.
Blair-Larsen, Susan M.
A study investigated the literacy needs of adolescents staying in short-term crisis intervention centers--shelters for teens who have run away or are otherwise homeless. During a 6-month period, interviews were conducted in a non-threatening, informal environment; the adolescents responded to open-ended questions about their histories of reading and writing, their present uses of reading and writing and their future uses. Results indicated that reading and writing were a part of these teens' daily lives. The consensus was that reading and writing were both school-related and personal. Despite the general upheaval in their lives, school remained a major part of their lives. Only one interviewee maintained that reading and writing were a waste of time. Others identified horror and mystery as their favorite kinds of reading. In the past, clients remembered with pleasure visiting their school libraries. All of the adolescents remembered being read to as children. In terms of the future, the adolescents explained their vocational plans and clearly stated specific reading and writing skills required for job success. However, even though the clients were future oriented, most of them were unaware of their inability to compete academically. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
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