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Reading Girls

The Lives and Literacies of Adolescents

Hadar Dubowsky Ma'ayan Celia Genishi Donna E. Alvermann

160 pages
Teachers College Press
Reading Girls captures the voices and literacy experiences of a diverse group of urban adolescent girls. The author—an experienced researcher and middle school teacher—intertwines investigations of multiple literacies, technologies, race, class, gender, sexuality, and gender expression to provide a provocative look at what helps and what hurts adolescent girls in school. Through engaging case studies, we see how traditional schooling fails to make room for crucial life topics, such as grappling with sexual or racial identity, understanding gang culture, or coming of age in urban America. Each chapter concludes with concrete strategies for improving both in- and out-of-school practices to better serve young girls, especially marginalized students. This important book updates and expands the seminal work done by Margaret Finders in her bestselling book, Just Girls. It includes up-to-date technologies and media forms and addresses contemporary issues of interest to today’s adolescent girls.
Author Bio
Hadar Dubowsky Ma'ayan is an educational researcher, writer, and public middle school teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico.