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Critical Influences That Encourage Adolescent Boys To Engage In Leisure Reading, Adam Wyse Aug 2014

Critical Influences That Encourage Adolescent Boys To Engage In Leisure Reading, Adam Wyse

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This mixed-method study identifies influences on the literacy habits of adolescent boys. The study sought to answer the question: what factors influence adolescent boys to pursue or not pursue leisure reading? Leisure reading has been found to have a positive impact on academic success (Hughes-Hassell & Rodge, 2007) and boys tend to lag behind in engaging it (Smith & Wilhelm, 2004). A Likert scale survey was given to 137 students, boys and girls, from an upper-middle class, private Christian school in the Midwest. Questions focused on why students do or do not read and what could encourage them to increase their leisure ...