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ERIC Number: EJ881478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1938-8071
Boys in the Club: Exploring Positive Male Archetypes with Preschool Males
Hansen, Cory Cooper; Zambo, Debby
Literacy Research and Instruction, v49 n1 p40-55 2010
Relatively unexplored by research is how young boys transact and respond to literacy experiences during read-alouds. Some teachers perceive boys to be less interested in literacy and to prefer different kinds of stories than young girls. The purpose of this study was to analyze how two groups of preschool boys responded to different texts and how they constructed visions of honorable manhood in their transactions with these texts. Group A (n = 9) heard books with positive male characters, or archetypes, and Group B (n = 10) listened to traditional early childhood favorites. Archetypes elicited slightly less response as measured by meaningful word utterances but encouraged more text-to-text connections revealing the importance of fatherhood and friendship in transaction. Some text features encouraged response typically regarded as undesirable in classroom read-alouds. Results inform early childhood educators of different responses by boys and the researchers suggest books to provide meaningful literacy experiences for young boys. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona