ERIC Number: ED399945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
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Literacy for the School Librarian.
Altmann, Anna E.
To help children and adolescents learn to read, school librarians and teachers must learn to read with confidence for pleasure and satisfaction and to draw on their experience of the world and their experience with other texts. Having personal enthusiasm, the skills to analyze how a literary work functions, and an understanding of what "succeeds" or "fails" in literary works are critical for communicating enthusiasm and skill to young readers. These qualities also help teachers assist students in finding books that will keep them reading. Librarians and teachers must be practitioners of reading, not simply enablers of reading or transparent conduits for books. The paper describes a course in which undergraduate and graduate education and library students are taught to think, speak, and write about how they read, to clarify the nature of reading, the nature of the book, and the way it should be presented to children. The class requires students to assess their reading experiences with books, particularly exploring whether their reactions to the book are caused by the book-as-object, the reader's personal history, the reader's history as a reader, or the text alone. (Contains 12 references.) (SWC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Books, Children, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Librarian Attitudes, Librarians, Library Education, Literacy, Literary Criticism, Reading Attitudes, Reading Material Selection, School Libraries, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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