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The borrowers: library records as unobtrusive measures of children’s reading preferences

Moss, Gemma and McDonald, John W. (2004) The borrowers: library records as unobtrusive measures of children’s reading preferences Journal of Research in Reading, 27, (4), pp. 401-412. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9817.2004.00242.x).

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This paper explores whether analysis of school library borrowing records can reveal any insights into the reading habits of junior age children. Data in the form of computerised library-borrowing records were collected from a cohort of 90 Year 6 (age 10–11 years) children over the full course of the academic year. Two-thirds of the cohort were boys. The paper will consider what light these data can throw on children's reading preferences as they evolve over time in specific social settings. The data stem from a project that combined both qualitative and quantitative research methods in innovative ways.

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Published date: 2004


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Date deposited: 15 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:48

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Author: Gemma Moss
Author: John W. McDonald

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