ERIC Number: EJ1001570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
The Case of the Missing Male Reader: Implications of Genderlect and the Reality Principle
Parkhurst, Howard B.
American Secondary Education, v41 n1 p14-30 Fall 2012
Despite the increasing relationship between literacy and economic opportunities, the time young adult males spend reading has fallen during the last 20 years, with a corresponding decline in their reading levels. One important factor influencing the appeal of reading material to males is whether it is "real"--whether males see themselves and their concerns in the text. Language, an important constituent of gender, must be part of making text "real" for adolescent males. The author examined nearly 200 fiction works written for young adult males and concluded that few are written in a male "genderlect," the language that males use. The article identifies several works that do use such language. An appendix contains an extensive list of works that meet other criteria that attract adolescent male readers.
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Literacy, Economic Opportunities, Males, Young Adults, Reading Skills, Recreational Reading, Language Usage, Gender Differences, Adolescents, Reading Lists
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A