ERIC Number: ED438535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Adolescent Literacy Comes of Age.
Reading Today, v16 n7 Aug-Sep 1999
Serving as a preface for a position statement on adolescent literacy by the International Reading Association, this article argues that assigning adolescent literacy a higher priority in the literacy community's value system is an idea whose time has very nearly come. It briefly relates the content of two earlier articles published in "Reading Today" on adolescent literacy by Richard Vacca about the importance of adolescent literacy. The article then describes the formal action taken by the International Reading Association in appointing a commission to develop the position statement on adolescent literacy. It describes the sections of the position statement: a fictional account of the various ways two teenagers use literacy; a series of questions and answers meant to give a nuanced understanding of the commission's views; a list of the principles underlying the position statement; and a discussion section. The article concludes that the need for literacy skills is great, but perhaps the work of the Commission on Adolescent Literacy represents a beginning. (RS)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Intellectual Development, Needs Assessment, Position Papers, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection, Reading Motivation, Secondary Education, Student Needs
Web site: http://www.reading.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
Note: For the position statement of the International Reading Association on Adolescent Literacy, see ED 437 640.