Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Donna Niday

Second Advisor

Bob Tremmel

Third Advisor

John Levis

Abstract

This study examines the influence of gender in designing and implementing book clubs at the middle school level. Several secondary questions address this concern. These include which gender dominates and/or supports the discussion, how gender influences book selection, how each gender enjoys reading and discussing books in varied gender groupings, and how gender influences the level of textual analysis enacted in discussion. This study used both quantitative and qualitative data. The following recommendation was made as a result of the study: Middle school students should be offered both mixed-gender and same-gender book clubs. This recommendation was based on the following conclusions: (1) Neither gender dominated or supported the discussion more. (2) Both genders considered the other when selecting books but ultimately decided on a traditionally male book. (3) Both genders felt more comfortable discussing books with their own gender. (4) The results for gender's influence on textual analysis were inconclusive.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16665

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Amanda Jayne Forsyth

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1454608

OCLC Number

268962208

ISBN

9780549684824

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

178 pages

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