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Engaging Boys in Active Literacy
Evidence and Practice

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  • Date Published: May 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108598330

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  • Too many boys do not like to read, are choosing not to read, and are suffering academically as a result. All concerned adults need to redouble their efforts to ensure that boys who bring the greatest challenges to our classrooms and schools receive responsive literacy texts and practices to increase their chances for academic, personal, and occupational success. This book is more than a compendium of techniques, it also provides an analysis of the research literature on central issues and related aspects of literacy and learning for boys. The author identifies issues that impinge on boys' literacy development and explores what the research literature has to say about these issues. The descriptions of how teachers have used engaging texts and practices to help boys overcome low literacy engagement and skill in order to stay on course as readers and writers are highly informative and practical as models of best practice.

    • Strikes an appropriate balance between research and practice
    • Geared towards readers from both scholarly and practical backgrounds
    • Includes a strong evidence-base for several key factors associated with boys' literacy development
    • Presents synopses of boys from a range of backgrounds and abilities
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    'Debates about boys falling behind in school, mostly due to poor literacy skills, tend to become shrill - a boys versus girls quarrel. That's why William G. Brozo's voice is so valuable. He brings scientific light, not polemic heat, to the discussion and lays out valuable and unique advice for both parents and educators.' Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail

    'William G. Brozo has written a wonderfully nuanced book about the complex relationship between school-aged boys and reading. I commend him for his insightful work and recommend this book to school administrators, librarians, teachers, and parents, who have boys in their schools, their families, and their lives.' Peg Tyre, education journalist, author of two books on education and Director of Strategy for The Edwin Gould Foundation

    'Acknowledging the multiple identities that shape the lives of adolescent boys, this book provides a roadmap and call to arms to advance their literacy development using engaging texts, practices, and programs. William G. Brozo has given the field of literacy another gift.' Alfred W. Tatum, Dean of the College of Education, University of Illinois, Chicago

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108598330
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Boys' reading and learning: identifying the issues
    2. Boys and literacy: a closer look
    3. Boys' masculinities and identities: evidence and practice
    4. Socio-economics and boys: evidence and practice
    5. Immigrant and new language learner boys: evidence and practice
    6. Literacy engagement and boys: evidence and practice
    7. Boys and new literacies: evidence and practice
    8. Boys and writing: evidence and practice.

  • Author

    William G. Brozo, George Mason University, Virginia
    William G. Brozo is Professor of Literacy in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University, Virginia. On the Learning Metrics Task Force, he helped establish global learning and assessment standards and he contributes to iLit, a digital program for struggling adolescent readers.

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