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Gender Differences in Adolescents’ Out-of-school Literacy Practices: A Multifaceted Literacy Approach

By A. Ünlüsoy


The present study explored the out-of-school literacy activities of 7th grade students, on the lowest track of secondary education in the Netherlands. We used a multi-facet approach towards literacy practices by employing the principles of Guttman’s Facet Theory. The aim was to provide detailed information regarding the literacy practices of boys and girls, including the motives for engaging in the different literacy activities and the productive versus consumptive nature of this engagement. Our results indicated that multimedia related new literacy practices were most frequent among youth. Participants were engaging in these practices in a consumptive manner and mainly for social and entertainment purposes. Furthermore, girls outscored boys, as they were more involved in every aspect of literacy, including computer and Internet based literacy practices. Nonetheless, within the group of male respondents there was a higher interest in computers while within the female group a more balanced profile was found divided over traditional and new literacy practices

Topics: Sociale Wetenschappen, gender studies, media in education, secondary education, pedagogical issues
Year: 2009
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