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ERIC Number: EJ1074297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-5786
Diversity in Literary Response: Revisiting Gender Expectations
Brendler, Beth M.
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, v55 n3 p223-240 Sum 2014
Drawing on and reexamining theories on gender and literacy, derived from research performed between 1974 and 2002, this qualitative study explored the gender assumptions and expectations of Language Arts teachers in a graduate level adolescent literature course at a university in the Midwestern United States. The theoretical framework was structured around a social constructionist lens, including reader response and gender theories. The methodology employed ethnographic methods, as well as critical discourse analysis. This study explored the ways participants identified with or resisted gender expectations in their book discussion groups. It looked at the kind of discourses that were maintained and disrupted in the groups and within their personal blogs and written responses. The participants showed diversity within gender, which calls into question the use of gender as a major consideration for making reader's advisory, collection development, programming, or pedagogical decisions. It indicates that preservice librarians should be offered a variety of opportunities to examine and redefine our current strategies for motivating readers and recommending library materials. As library educators it is essential that we offer librarians lenses beyond gender in which to view their clients.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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