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    Et Tu, Judy Blume: Are the Books Girls Choose to Read, Sexist?

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    The decade of the 1970\u27 s could be characterized as period of feminine consciousness, a period of concentrated awareness of social and economic imbalances and injustices, which led to thorough examinations of educational materials. Sexism was discovered to be rampant, though perhaps not unexpected, throughout reading materials intended for young people. Many studies examined the frequency of appearance of male and female characters, which a majority focused on sex role stereotyping

    Ending the Great Debate in Reading Instruction

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    For decades, reading educators have put forth various definitions of reading and theories related to processes which occur during the reading act. Classroom teachers must understand what reading is if they are to teach effectively, yet it is easy for confusion to set in because of conflicting views of the reading act. Depending upon which speaker is heard, or which article is read, or in which professor\u27s class they were enrolled, teachers may be exposed to many differing views of reading

    Closing the Gap Between Theory and Practice: Teacher Beliefs, Instructional Decisions and Critical Thinking

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    Before beginning first grade, Matthew was a child who just loved books. He could already read some familiar books and composed his own stories and poems. He read his compositions to anyone willing to listen, which included the family dog

    Parents and Preschool Children Interacting with Storybooks: Children’s Early Literacy Achievement

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    This research reports on one area of a larger study in Western Canada examining the literacy activities of families from culturally diverse backgrounds. The research focused on parents’ interactions with preschool children in storybook sharing and children’s emergent reading development as measured by the Test of Early Reading Ability-2 (TERA-2). The sample consisted of 35 parents and children. Parents’ and children’s interactions in storybook sharing were videotaped and coded using a modified scale by Shapiro, Anderson, and Anderson (1997). Relationships were found between parents’ and children’s interactions in storybook reading and children’s early literacy achievement


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    In this article, we report on grade‐one children’s preferences for narrative and/or information books, and their perceptions of what boys and girls like to read. Data include responses on two book preference tasks by 40 children in four schools. Children chose books and explained the reasons for their choices. One task was a closed, force‐choice task, the other, an open‐ended task. Boys and girls had similar interests, either preferring stories or liking information books and stories to the same degree. Yet boys and girls perceived that boys prefer information texts and girls prefer narratives. The children’s perceptions reflect gendered stereotypes. Key words: literacy, reading, motivation, genre, gender Dans cet article, les auteurs signalent que les Ă©lĂšves de 1re annĂ©e prĂ©fĂšrent les livres qui racontent des histoires ou donnent de l’information et prĂ©sentent ce que, selon de ces Ă©lĂšves, les garçons et les filles aiment lire. Les donnĂ©es comprennent les rĂ©ponses de 40 enfants dans quatre Ă©coles Ă  deux questionnaires, l’un Ă  rĂ©ponses libres et l’autre Ă  choix multiples, sur les prĂ©fĂ©rences en matiĂšre de livres. Les enfants ont choisi des livres et donnĂ© les raisons de leur choix. Les garçons et les filles avaient des intĂ©rĂȘts similaires, prĂ©fĂ©rant soit les histoires, soit les livres d’information et les histoires au mĂȘme degrĂ©. Et pourtant, les garçons comme les filles avaient l’impression que les garçons aimaient mieux les livres d’information et les filles, les histoires. Les perceptions des enfants reflĂštent les stĂ©rĂ©otypes marquĂ©s par le sexe. Mots clĂ©s : littĂ©ratie, lecture, motivation, genre

    Botulism from Drinking Pruno

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    Foodborne botulism occurred among inmates at 2 prisons in California in 2004 and 2005. In the first outbreak, 4 inmates were hospitalized, 2 of whom required intubation. In the second event, 1 inmate required intubation. Pruno, an alcoholic drink made illicitly in prisons, was the novel vehicle for these cases