IOE EPrints

What are we doing when we read novels? :reading circles novels and adult reading development

Duncan, Samantha (2010) What are we doing when we read novels? :reading circles novels and adult reading development. EdD thesis, Institute of Education, University of London.

[img]
Preview
Text
Duncan, Samantha_Redacted.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike.

Download (1858Kb) | Preview
One or more attached document(s) are restricted.
Official URL: http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=uk.bl...

Abstract

Adult literacy teachers search for effective, engaging and distinctly 'adult' ways to develop adult emergent reading. Reading circles are used in adult English Language Teaching to develop a range of reading and other linguistic skills, and for at least the past two hundred years adults have formed themselves into reading circles to read and discuss novels on a weekly or monthly basis. Why then are reading circles rarely used in formal adult literacy provision? This thesis uses a case study of a reading circle within a London adult literacy workshop to investigate what a reading circle approach can offer adult emergent reading development, as well as what adult literacy learners can tell us about novel reading and the reading circle experience. A qualitative analysis of individual interviews, focus groups and taped reading circle sessions produces six themes for exploration: reading as five acts, reading identity, the nature of knowing words, how a novel is 'built up' by the reader, the relationship between fiction, truth and learning and why it may be 'nice' to read in a group. Areas for discussion include reading as a communal cognitive process (as well'as a communal practice), reading circles as self- and peer-differentiation, and novel reading as a political act. Implications are discussed for both the teaching and learning of adult emergent reading and for our understanding of novel reading processes and practices.

Item Type: Thesis (EdD)
Additional Information: Thesis: (EdD) University of London Institute of Education, 2010.
Depositing User: Batch Import
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 10:56
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2015 10:47
View Record in Library Catalogue: http://ioe.sirsidynix.net.uk/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/57/5/3?searchdata1=286959{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER
View Item View Item