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ERIC Number: EJ1001457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
The Joy of Reading Groups
Southwood, Sue
Adults Learning, v23 n3 p36-37 Spr 2012
Reading groups or book clubs have become increasingly popular in recent years, with many libraries, bookshops and workplaces hosting meetings, while a wealth of support is available online. They provide a chance to read, share opinions, chat and have fun--each one will be unique in how it works. Discussing books can help to reinforce, change or challenge perceptions and help to build knowledge and appreciation of the views of others. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS) has funded NIACE to kick-start reading-group activity in a variety of community settings. With just a simple toolkit and a few sets of Quick Reads to start them off, DBIS now has 34 reading groups, including a teenage parents' group, a mental health support group, a lesbian, gay and transgender group, and a group of women living with or affected by HIV, as well as groups in prisons, on housing estates, in a riding school and in a care home. The accessibility of the Quick Reads means they can open up reading groups for a wider audience but also allows those who already enjoy reading to come along too.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom