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Initial Findings from a Three-Year International Case Study Exploring Children’s Responses to Literature in a Digital Library

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Title: Initial Findings from a Three-Year International Case Study Exploring Children’s Responses to Literature in a Digital Library
Author(s): Massey, Sheri; Weeks, Ann Carlson; Druin, Allison
Subject(s): Children and digital resources Digital libraries
Abstract: This article examines children’s responses to self-selected books in a digital library and begins to identify patterns in those responses. As part of a larger longitudinal study, the study presented here is an analysis of 241 book response forms submitted by 12 children from 4 countries: Germany, Honduras, New Zealand, and the United States. The children described most of the books they read as being funny or happy and generally rated them with four or fi ve stars (out of fi ve stars). The most commonly identifi ed types of responses were those expressing like or dislike, summarizing the text, or explaining how the book made the child feel. Two factors were identifi ed that infl uenced response patterns from the study sites: the data collection instrument and adult mediation. This research has implications for library program development related to recreational reading and for changes in the procedures for data collection in this area of research.
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Library Trends 54 (2) Fall 2005: 245-265.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/3479
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2005 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-12-13
 

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