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ERIC Number: EJ819144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Who Is the Avid Adolescent Reader in Taiwan? The Role of Gender, Family, and Teacher
Chen, Su-Yen
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v52 n3 p214-223 Nov 2008
While studies of reluctant adolescent readers generally focus on "what is not working" and suggest having instructional practices more responsive to students' needs, this study on avid secondary school readers centers its attention on "what might have been working" and provides empirical support for the importance of the influence of parents and teachers. With the data from national surveys on ninth and twelfth graders in Taiwan, this study found gender to be strongly associated with the likelihood of being avid readers, identified by reporting reading a lot of extracurricular books in the previous summer vacation. Family factors and teachers are significant, too. Students who see reading as an activity that plays an important role in the life of their parents have greater chances of being avid readers themselves. Similarly, students whose teachers share their enthusiasm for literature and knowledge in general also have greater chances of being avid readers. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 12; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan