ERIC Number: EJ1079828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
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What, Why, and How They Read: Reading Preferences and Patterns of Rural Young Adults
Becnel, Kim; Moeller, Robin A.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v59 n3 p299-307 Nov 2015
The purpose of this study is to better understand the reading patterns and preferences of rural teen readers and the cultures of reading that do or do not exist in the rural communities in which the teens reside. In addition, the researchers sought to discover, by conducting a series of focus groups, whether rural teen readers felt connected to mainstream young adult literary culture and in what ways this connection might manifest itself. The results suggest that rural teens enjoy reading books, followed by magazines and online content; that they obtain their reading materials through borrowing from friends and family and purchasing from retail outlets rather than from local libraries; that they talk to family, friends, and teachers about books and reading; and that they feel strongly connected to the current world of young adult literature, using it as a vehicle through which to explore and develop their evolving identities.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adolescent Literature, Rural Areas, Reading Habits, Focus Groups, Reading Materials, Books, Periodicals, Electronic Publishing, Reading Material Selection, Attitude Measures
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