ERIC Number: EJ820640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Engaging the Disengaged: Using Learning Clubs to Motivate Struggling Adolescent Readers and Writers
Casey, Heather K.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v52 n4 p284-294 Dec 2008
This article describes a seventh grade teacher's use of learning clubs to motivate struggling students to engage in literacy events and foster literacy development. The data suggests the evolution of these learning clubs in this teacher's classroom is organic, emerging in response to the unique literacy needs of the students in this urban setting. This teacher motivates the struggling students in this heterogeneous class towards success by balancing a strong awareness of content, context, discourse, and pedagogy. The findings suggest learning clubs offer a useful framework for supporting adolescents who struggle with literacy and offers potential for work with all students across the content areas.
Descriptors: Grade 7, Clubs, Student Motivation, Learner Engagement, Literacy, Urban Schools, Adolescents, Middle School Students, Teaching Methods, Middle School Teachers, Small Group Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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