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Beyond Voices of Readers: Students on School's Effects on Reading

by Jim Cope

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Beyond Voices of Readers: Students on School's Effects on Reading

Grades 8 – 12
Type Journal
Published March 1997
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English

 

Description  

This article summarizes and explicates research on 272 twelfth-grade students' reading autobiographies. Cope quotes from some noteworthy comments and makes some suggestions on how teachers and schools might do a better job of teaching literature.

 

Cope, Jim. "Beyond Voices of Readers: Students on School's Effects on Reading." English Journal 86.3 (March 1997): 18-23

 

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