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MS in Literacy Education
This study examined the influences on the independent reading selections of adolescents in a rural middle school. Data was collected through student and teacher questionnaires, analyzing students’ independent book projects, and reviewing data from the school library. The findings showed that adolescents’ book choices are influenced by genre, subject interest, peer and adult recommendations, series books, and the cover. This research indicates that teachers should discover their students’ interests, have a wide selection of books in their classroom library, allow time during class for peer book discussions, and display books so that the covers are visible to create a positive book selection process for adolescents.
Bowen, Megan, "Judging a Book by More Than its Cover Examining the Influences on the Independent Reading Choices of Middle School Students" (2010). Education Masters. Paper 45.
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