Reading and viewing choices of adolescents in regional Northern Australia

Rennie, Jennifer, and Patterson, Annette (2006) Reading and viewing choices of adolescents in regional Northern Australia. The International Journal of Learning, 12 (3). pp. 283-290.

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This paper reports on a pilot study, which investigated the 'out of school' reading practices of 120 regional Year 9 youth in Northern Australia. The study was qualitative in design. It involved the administration of questionnaires and follow up focus group interviews. Data collected from the questionnaires and interviews were coded using Nvivo, a qualitative software package. Key issues were identified in the data through constant and comparative analysis of the data (Lincoln and Guba, 2000). The choice, nature of texts, time spent, location and reading purposes were investigated. The data revealed a lack of knowledge and understanding about the reading practices of our regional youth within schools. This lack of knowledge was also reflected in the curriculum. Reading practices identified in the study were clearly related to issues of identity. The youth in this study engaged in quite extensive reading practices although they were largely dissimilar to school reading practices. This paper discusses the data in relation to the ways they might inform school literacy policy and pedagogy by addressing the gap between 'school' literacy practices and students' 'out of school' literacy practices. It also highlights how the reading practices contribute to issues of identity related to regional adolescent youth in Northern Australia.

Item ID: 3841
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-9540
Keywords: reading; viewing; adolescents; literacy; identity; community and school reading practices, adolescent youth, curriculum; pedagogy; policy
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2009 22:30
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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