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ERIC Number: EJ960822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Practices of Productive Adult Book Clubs
Beach, Richard; Yussen, Steven
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v55 n2 p121-131 Oct 2011
Abstract: This article examines two adult book club members' responses to literary texts over a 23-month period to identify practices that contribute to productive book club participation. Members were interviewed regarding their book selection procedures, preparation for and perceptions of the discussions, and what they valued about the discussions. Discussions were analyzed in terms of book club members drawing on their knowledge and expertise to interpret texts, developing topics based on the number of different turns per topic, and adopting "point-driven" versus "story-driven" stances. Three basic factors are identified as contributors to productive book club participation: (1) the use of codified, vetted selection procedures; (2) collaborative sharing of knowledge and expertise to provide insights into books in ways that transcend members' individual responses; and (3) the development of discussion topics through building on members' interpretations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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