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Field Notes and Reading Notes

Studying with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett in the 1990s

Nélia Dias

Spring semester of 1993, students were invited to “keep a portfolio” containing “reading notes, field notes (for required and recommended activities).” Why did this practice of taking notes from the field, from books in particular, and the note

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Professional Rugby League Players as Reading Mentors for Primary School Boys

Suzan Hirsch

This paper reports on case studies spanning four consecutive years (2005-2008) focused on addressing and challenging Australian primary school boys’ disengagement with English, particularly reading, using an action research process informed by both quantitative and qualitative data. Primary participants were all male and ranged from 8 to 11 years of age. Boys were identified and selected for each case study based on the questionnaire and interview results from whole grade surveys of both males and females. The data results identified the boys with negative views of literacy and boys who identified reading as being a feminine activity, thereby narrowing their perceptions of masculinity. These boys were involved in a reading/mentoring program with high profile professional Rugby League players. The celebrity rugby league players were involved in ten weekly mentoring and reading sessions with male participants each year. These sessions focused on building positive male identity, shifting negative attitudes to reading and challenging negative stereotypes of both professional sportsmen and boys as readers. After each of the case studies, quantitative and qualitative data indicated a positive change in the participants’ attitudes towards reading as well as their perceived stereotypes of males as readers and increased involvement in voluntary reading.

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Books Are Boring! Books Are Fun!

Boys’ Polarized Perspectives on Reading

Laura Scholes

Boys’ underachievement in reading, compared to girls, is considered a significant international problem ( Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD] 2014 ). By 15 years of age girls outperform boys on reading in the Program

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On Getting It Right

The Voice of Gabriel Josipovici

Paul Davies

itself from such an experience by presupposing its having already occurred. Each of these responses from each of the figures is unable to do justice to what is going on with the writing and reading of literature because each induces a scepticism about

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The Postwar Schoolbook as a Material Artifact

Two Greek Reading Textbooks from 1944

Niki Sioki

Reading primers are created to serve a specific purpose, that is, to teach literacy. 1 Primers address the needs of a community of readers who are young, learning to read, and new to print publications. 2 Reading primers are composite and

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Reading Desires

Romanian Pimps Striving for Success in the Transnational Street Economy

Trine Mygind Korsby

transnational business. I introduce the concepts of “reading desires” and “instillation of love” through which I argue that the pimps are highly socially skilled in distinct social domains, which enables them to read and “access” the desires of others

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Naughtiest Girls, Go Girls, and Glitterbombs

Exploding Schoolgirl Fictions

Lucinda McKnight

Fictions (1990) and complicate notions of reading the girl. Yet I would not want to stop in a girls’ studies ghetto, and, as in my other work ( McKnight 2015a , 2015b ), seek to use concepts and insights of girls’ studies for broader impact; I intend

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African American Boys’ Critical Literacy Development

The Impact of Two Strategies

Stiles X. Simmons and Karen M. Feathers

has expanded reading achievement gaps between African American males and their Caucasian, Hispanic, and female counterparts ( Haddix 2010 ; Strickland 1994 ; Tatum 2005 ; Taylor 2005 ). Additionally, literacy researchers contend that these reforms

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Archival Resistance

Reading the New Right

Annika Orich

Right and a genuine desire to fend off populist and right-wing extremist movements. The success of Aspects of the New Right-Wing Extremism is a denunciation of these newly powerful sociopolitical forces: archival readings, I argue, emerge as crucial

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Reading with Albert

Cassy Sachar

-sensory experience of touch, image and sound, accessing a concept of reading which goes beyond the printed page, encompassing mapping and questioning to create a shared experience, the foundation of all good relationships. Albert Friedlander's Personal Library