Digital Media's Role in Adolescent Recreational and Academic Reading
Abstract: K-12 curriculum developers are now using digital technologies to enhance reading instruction and support the delivery of content in other areas. The purpose of this paper is to examine the frequency and mode of adolescent reading and to investigate variations in reading patterns between academic and recreational uses. This study used a survey of students in grades 7-9 (n=395), enrolled in an urban school district to explore motivation for reading with frequency of reading in both print and digital contexts. Results indicate that sharing social meaning is a major predictor of adolescents’ frequency of reading in all contexts. These findings have implications for both curriculum development and content delivery.
Presider: Matthew Boggan, Mississippi State University