Reading In Between Gender Lines

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Fernandez, Felice
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Reading In Between Gender Lines
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Reading is an important stepping stone to learning. Early on, children are taught the basics in reading and how it can apply to future academic success. Beyond simple academics, however, lies the important aspect of reading for pleasure. Choosing what one can read can make future learning easier. Young children often pick out reading resources based on personal preferences. These preferences can be tied back to upbringing, ideologies, culture, and perhaps gender differences. It can be noted that when it comes to gender differences, males and females can make choices that do not necessarily align with one another. Are there major gender differences when it comes to what children read? How have these preferences changed over the past century? What this study aims to do is look further into this potential divide between the literary preferences of young boys and girls, ages 5 to 15, over the past hundred years. Answering these questions will give us insight into the potential gender differences between boys and girls as well as guide future teachers in the suggestion of literary works for children. Research for the study has been conducted through reliable platforms, such as peer-reviewed articles, trusted studies, and statically sound documents found via the Carroll Library Archives. These trustworthy sources and potential other sources were approved by my advisor. Data was analyzed, interpreted, and organized by the relevance it holds to the topic. Data then was compiled and further scrutinized to draw logical and data-driven conclusions.
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Elementary Education