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"Reading Don't Fix No Chevys": Literacy in the Lives of Young Men


reviewed by Elizabeth Shellard — 2003

coverTitle: "Reading Don't Fix No Chevys": Literacy in the Lives of Young Men
Author(s): Michael W. Smith and Jeffrey D. Wilhelm
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0867095091, Pages: 248, Year: 2002
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What constitutes literacy? What makes a person literate? What type of reading holds educational value? Michael W. Smith and Jeffrey D. Wilhelm directly address these sometimes unsettling questions and call into question the type of literature taught in high school English programs in “Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys”: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men.   Through interviews with a diverse selection of high-school-aged boys, Smith and Wilhelm attempt to uncover the many factors that influence boys’ reading achievement and literate behaviors in school. Their study is motivated by numerous standardized score reports showing that boys frequently score lower on tests of reading comprehension and writing than girls, studies that show many boys to be uninterested in reading for pleasure, and their own observations that many boys frequently do not seem to take interest in the literature read in their high school classes.   Like many studies that attempt to investigate the influence of gender on a particular variable, the authors include a discussion of the social construction of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 19-21
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10995, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 4:58:31 PM

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  • Elizabeth Shellard
    Educational Research Service
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    ELIZABETH G. SHELLARD is a research specialist at Educational Research Service. Her research primarily focuses on effective instructional techniques and the characteristics of effective schools. She has written several articles on the critical attributes of effective reading programs. Her previous co-authored books, What Every Principal Needs to Know About Teaching ... Reading and What Every Principal Needs to Know About Teaching ... Mathematics (National Association of Elementary School Principals, 2001 and 2002), provide principals with an overview of effective instruction in reading and mathematics. Her research interests include effective teaching, teacher education, literacy development, the influence of gender on moral development, and the influence of gender on teaching and learning.
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