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ERIC Number: EJ1109839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1086-296X
Inquiry into the Independent Reading Development of First-Generation College Graduates with Advanced Degrees
Knoester, Matthew; Plikuhn, Mari
Journal of Literacy Research, v48 n1 p105-126 Mar 2016
Studies suggest that individuals with a parent who attended college or a university are more likely to attend themselves. Scholars have also argued that academic success at the highest levels requires the acquisition of a large vocabulary and fluency in multiple discourses, and that forming habits of reading various kinds of texts outside of school may be necessary. Using interviews with 40 individuals who completed advanced degrees and whose parents did not attend college, this study examined factors that may have influenced their independent reading habits. We found that each of our participants developed strong habits of recreational reading and was motivated at least in part due to relationships with various sponsors of literacy, including parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, neighbors, librarians, teachers, and church members. Social challenges to recreational reading were also noted by participants, including the challenge of learning to code switch with family members and others.
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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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