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ERIC Number: EJ1230357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0270-2711
An Investigation of Middle School Classroom Libraries
Harmon, Janis; Martinez, Miriam; Juarez, Lucinda; Wood, Karen; Simmerson, Lisa; Terrazas, Christopher
Reading Psychology, v40 n7 p583-611 2019
Given that much of the research on classroom libraries focus on elementary school classrooms, this study sought to examine classroom libraries at the middle school level. Access to books is especially important for middle school students given the persistent decline in reading engagement at this level. The research questions guiding this investigation focused on the nature of the libraries, the physical features of the libraries, the contributions made by the libraries to the literacy environment of the classrooms, the contents of the libraries, and teacher perceptions of their own classroom libraries. Findings indicate that teachers value classroom libraries for promoting literacy engagement and understand how these libraries provide students with immediate and easy access to books. The contents of the libraries that were examined varied in terms of genre, multicultural literature, and social justice issues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas; North Carolina