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ERIC Number: EJ1109380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
Reading within Families: Taking a Historical Perspective
Cliff Hodges, Gabrielle
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v20 n2 p182-193 2013
This article draws on a study which was designed to extend understanding of habitual and committed adolescent readers. The study brought together four theoretical perspectives -- the social, cultural, spatial and historical -- as a way of re-imagining the field of reading. The historical perspective is the one foregrounded here, offering views of reading as a long-term, intergenerational process, in this instance constructed through setting adults' comments about reading alongside those of their children or grandchildren. Analysis of data from two of the research methods employed in the study -- semi-structured small-group interviews and interviews conducted by the students themselves with a parent or grandparent -- suggests that there is a strong argument to be made for attending more closely to adolescent readers from a historical perspective, as well as from social, cultural and spatial perspectives, in order to understand better some of their subtle characteristics as they shift over time rather than as they appear when viewed merely in the here-and-now.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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