The Impact of Boys and Literacy: Connecting Boys with Books, Engaging the Adolescent Reader

By Audrey Cypress and Kennete Lee-Anderson.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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In addressing boys and literacy, the focus as it relates to connecting boys to books exists in the educational terrain. Newkirk (2002) noted that boys tend to be drawn to different types of literature. The researchers were interested in investigating what boys are inclined to read, and in identifying the topics, subjects, concepts and ideas that boys are interested in reading. The genres of books that appeal to boys also fall within the scope of the study. The reasons boys are interested in particular trends, themes and genres of books which they selected was also examined. This study also sought to determine the impact which the books boys read have on their thinking, actions and ambition to succeed in life. The study was also interested in identifying where boys read.

Keywords: Literacy, Reading, Adolescent Readers, Boys and Reading, Literacy Education and Books

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 10, pp.59-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 701.583KB).

Dr. Audrey Cypress

Media Specialist, Doctoral Student, Media Specialist, Richmond Community High School, Richmond City Public Schools, Richmond City Public Schools, Richmond, Virginia, USA

Audrey Cypress is a doctoral student at Virginia State University. She is a graduate of Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education. Audrey holds a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Post-Masters Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has additional certifications in Learning Disabilities and Library Media. She holds memberships in the following professional associations: Virginia Educational Media Association, Virginia Education Association, American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, Virginia Reading Association and Pi Lambda Theta National Honor Society. Audrey is also the Coordinator for Bridging Boundaries, which is an international organization that focuses on diversity. She is the coordinator for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Promise Mentoring Program for 9th grade students. Her research interests include Professional Development, Educational Leadership, Afterschool Programs, and Literacy. She has presented workshops on Boys and Literacy, Faculty and Staff Accountability Partnership Technology, After School Programs, and Embedded Professional Development. She has served as presenter at several conferences including, The Fifth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of Cambridge in England (2010), The 12th Annual Pennsylvania National Association of Multicultural Educators (PA-NAME), The Virginia Educational Research Association and The Virginia State University Graduate Research Symposium in Petersburg, Virginia (Spring and Fall 2009 – 2010). She is a scheduled presenter at The Hawaii International Education Conference on Education in Honolulu (2011) and The Virginia Council of Graduate Schools 6th Annual Research Symposium (2011). Audrey is married to James Cypress.They are the proud parents of two children.

Kennete Lee-Anderson

Assistant Principal, Doctoral Student, Assistant Principal, J. H. Blackwell Elementary School, Richmond City Public Schools, Richmond City Public Schools, Richmond, Virginia, USA

Kennete Lee-Anderson is a doctoral student currently pursuing the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Administration and Supervision at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. Kennete holds a Post Graduate Professional Certificate and is endorsed in Special Education (K-12), Adult Education and Administration and Supervision(K-12). Kennete’s educational experience is extensive, ranging from teaching students in primary and secondary school levels, alternative education schools, adult education, and prison facilities with the Virginia Department of Correctional Education. She is currently an Assistant Principal with the Richmond City Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia. She has served as presenter at several conferences including, The Fifth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of Cambridge in England (2010), The 12th Annual Pennsylvania National Association of Multicultural Educators (2009), The Virginia Educational Research Association and The Virginia State University Graduate Research Symposium in Petersburg, Virginia (Spring and Fall 2009 – 2010). She is a scheduled presenter at The Hawaii International Education Conference on Education in Honolulu (2011) and The Virginia Council of Graduate Schools 6th Annual Research Symposium (2011). Her research interests include Violence in Public Education, Technology in Education, Adolescent Literacy, Professional Development and Educational Leadership. Kennete’s professional memberships include Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Pi Lambda Theta National Honor Society, Virginia Alternative Educators Association, and National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Kennete is married to Alvin Anderson.They are the proud parents of three children.

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