ERIC Number: EJ1098134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Café Culture: Promoting Empowerment and Pleasure in Adolescent Literacy Learning
Mathers, Brandi Gribble; Stern, Amanda J.
Reading Horizons, v51 n4 Article 1 p259-278 Jul 2012
The 160 third, seventh, and eleventh-graders involved in this study agreed, almost unanimously, that reading was "important." Participants cited the empowering benefits of reading as they justified this opinion. However, with regards to the enjoyment of reading, fewer middle and high school participants reported "liking" reading than their elementary counterparts and fewer reported reading in their free time. One solution to this dilemma involves providing adolescent students with a context devoted solely to pleasure reading. In doing so, educators can look to an institution that boasts both an historical link to literate culture and current-day pop culture appeal: the coffeehouse. When combined with more traditional forms of literacy instruction, the coffeehouse provides a viable model for promoting both empowerment and pleasure in adolescent literacy learning.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Literacy, Student Empowerment, Grade 3, Grade 7, Grade 11, Reading Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, High School Students, Recreational Reading, Popular Culture, Literacy Education, Reading Motivation, Questionnaires, Content Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 11; High Schools
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