Adolescents as Readers

Authored by: Patricia A. Alexander , Emily Fox

Handbook of Reading Research

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780805853421
eBook ISBN: 9780203840412
Adobe ISBN: 9781136891427

10.4324/9780203840412.ch8

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Abstract

One of the undeniable trends in the domain of literacy is the rising interest in adolescent readers. Evidence of this trend is apparent not only in the number of empirical and theoretical studies focusing on middle school and high school students within leading literacy and psychological journals, but also in the expanded grant opportunities for those researching adolescent readers (e.g., the Adolescent Literacy Network [U.S. Department of Education, 2006a] and the Striving Readers Initiative [U. S. Department of Education, 2006b]). Much of this heightened regard is due to the growing concern for middle school and high school students who remain at risk in terms of their performance on high-stakes measures of reading; that is, struggling adolescent readers (Cassidy & Cassidy, 2007; Cassidy, Garrett, & Barrera, 2006). Indeed, a primary focus in a number of recent reviews, books, and chapters has been on adolescents as endangered readers and, thus, endangered learners (e.g., Alvermann, 2002; Biancarosa & Snow, 2004; Franzak, 2006; Phelps, 2005; Snow & Biancarosa, 2003).

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