ERIC Number: ED400861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Teachers as Readers/Students as Readers.
Jones, Wanda F.
The teacher and the librarian are key role models for students establishing reading habits. This paper describes various grant application projects developed in the Little Rock Public School District (Arkansas) to promote reading for pleasure by students and teachers. Discussion includes: student evaluation; developing a communication network of professionals with which to discuss fiction books; collection development; focusing on teachers who read and encourage students to become lifelong readers; a staff development class; book discussions which helped in the selection of books for the grant purchase; a grant application for multicultural materials; and challenges to implementation. In evaluating the need to continue book discussion groups with teacher and library media specialists and students throughout the school district, it was examined whether the book discussion group: (1) increased the number of books people read for pleasure; (2) encouraged book discussions; (3) encouraged the selection of quality fiction; (4) encouraged people to suggest titles to others; (5) encouraged people to suggest an author's works with reasons for the suggestion; (6) increased reading for understanding; (7) increased class participation for reading assignments; (8) enhanced vocabulary; (9) increased class participation for reading assignments; (10) increased empathy for characters; (11) built communication in the discussion groups; and (12) lead to lifelong learning. Four years of field testing book discussion groups for students and/or educators experiences illustrate that the groups enhance the love of reading and lifelong learning. (AEF)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Elementary Secondary Education, Fiction, Grants, Group Discussion, Librarians, Lifelong Learning, Program Development, Reading Habits, Reading Interests, Reading Materials, Recreational Reading, Role Models, Strategic Planning, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Sustaining the Vision. Selected Papers from the Annual Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship (24th, Worcester, England, July 17-21, 1995); see IR 056 149.