Adolescent Attitudes Toward Literature

Anne Marie Casa, Illinois Wesleyan University
Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor, Illinois Wesleyan University

Description

The purpose of this study was to gather information about what adolescent students like to read and why. Participants included grade nine students enrolled in a Literature and Composition course. Data collected included reading logs written by the students, notes about class discussions, and recorded conversations with students about reading and reading material. The results revealed students' interests regarding the books that they enjoy reading. Findings also revealed how students related to and understood texts required by the school. While most students enjoyed reading a book of their own choice, they indicated that they struggled with and did not particularly enjoy school required texts. This data will inform the selection of literature I will undertake in the future in order to promote enjoyment of and connections with required and elective readings.

 
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Adolescent Attitudes Toward Literature

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

The purpose of this study was to gather information about what adolescent students like to read and why. Participants included grade nine students enrolled in a Literature and Composition course. Data collected included reading logs written by the students, notes about class discussions, and recorded conversations with students about reading and reading material. The results revealed students' interests regarding the books that they enjoy reading. Findings also revealed how students related to and understood texts required by the school. While most students enjoyed reading a book of their own choice, they indicated that they struggled with and did not particularly enjoy school required texts. This data will inform the selection of literature I will undertake in the future in order to promote enjoyment of and connections with required and elective readings.