Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
As the semester continues, I am working on altering my initial ideas for a research proposal. In my last post I referred to a possible study on the "impact of restricting students' reading choices on their reading skills and future reading for pleasure". While I still feel this is an important topic that calls for research, evaluation, and action (!), I believe that this statement reflects my own preconceived notions about school reading programs. Perhaps, I need to study what "works" instead of just focusing on what is wrong. This approach raises a number of questions I would love to explore:
- How are readers created?
- What influences some children to love reading while others loathe it?
- Is it solely based on ability?
- How important is the home environment at influencing reading?
- What can schools and school libraries do to overcome deficits in terms of early exposure to books and literacy?
- How can librarians best provide materials of interest to students with varied backgrounds and reading abilities?
For the moment, I will focus on seeking out literature related to best practices for cultivating lifelong readers.