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ERIC Number: ED467288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 13
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Reading This and Refusing That: Case Studies of High School Students' Patterns of Reading and Resistance.
Reeves, Anne
When one educator was teaching English in middle and high school, she wondered why so many adolescents disliked reading. Even teen-aged protagonists and up-to-the-minute topics were not guaranteed to be "interesting." Yet something engages these young readers, at times and in some texts. To begin to get some answers, she interviewed adolescents about reading, asking what worked for them and what did not. She talked with them about whatever they brought up in association with reading, which included their career plans, their families, their hobbies, their friends, and much more. She wanted to see how reading fit--or did not fit--into their lives, and why. One thing the educator learned in these interviews was this: readers themselves rarely understand the fundamental reasons that they either connect with a text or find it useless. This paper puts two of the adolescent readers she interviewed and the texts they read or refuse to read under the microscope so that other educators can begin to discover their particular patterns of reading and resistance. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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