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ERIC Number: EJ883625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
"I Connected so Well with It": A Teen Mother Talks about Reading
Coffel, Cynthia Miller
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v23 n3 p363-378 Jun 2010
In this paper, one 19-year-old married mother who was sexually abused when younger discusses the painful and important role reading has played in her life. By using narrative discourse analysis, I parse the young mother's spoken narrative and illuminate the emotions that cluster around her reading experiences. I discover that she has used reading as a way to make sense of the traumatic experiences of her childhood. I discover as well that, though she evidences immaturity, her moral thinking--refined through her roles as daughter, mother, and wife--is more nuanced than are the texts she is able to read. The questions I ask about her relationship to these books can be generalized to many non-traditional students going to high schools, or reading in book clubs, today.
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Language: English
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