Teenagers Reading

research for my PhD thesis

Teenagers talking about reading and libraries

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Last year I presented a paper at RAILS 4: Research Applications in Information and Library Studies in Melbourne. My peer-reviewed paper has been published in the June 2008 issue of Australian Academic and Research Libraries. I discussed some preliminary results of my focus groups with teenagers. “Teenagers talking about reading and libraries” is available from here or espace@Curtin.


Snowball, Clare (2008) “Teenagers talking about reading and librariesAustralian Academic and Research Libraries vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 106-118.


Past research has shown teenagers to be reluctant to read and less likely to visit libraries than younger children. These conclusions are debated and further investigation is needed. Difficulties abound in researching teenagers’ opinions. Teenagers can be reluctant to participate in activities and peer support is often very important in determining their willingness to take part. Large-scale surveys of hundreds of student participants do not allow in-depth discussion of opinions and attitudes. Focus groups were conducted with metropolitan Perth high school students to investigate teenagers’ thoughts on reading and libraries. Although some teenagers were enamoured of reading and libraries, others were more scathing but still found ways to take part in literacy activities and acquire the information they needed to negotiate their world.


Written by ClareSnow

17 June 2008 at 4:05 pm

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  1. […] reading the books they might read (although my research highlights what we all knew, that the majority of teenagers don’t read “YA” books, unless they’re forced to at […]

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