Dad and daughter responding to adolescent texts: the familial issues of reading together



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Texas Tech University


My purpose for this study was to explore how a young adolescent and her father select for and discuss adolescent literature. As part of this study, I explored reading response theories, and the importance of adolescent literature and reading. The reasons for selecting this study included the importance of parental involvement in their children's reading, and how important it is for parents to talk about books with their children, especially adolescent children who are embarking upon a stressful period of their lives.

Qualitative methodology provided a design for research that attempts to describe and understand educational phenomena and to better understand and describe students' learning through researchers observations, investigations, and document the environment in which the leaming occurs (Creswell, 1994; Glesne & Peshkin, 1992; Goetz & LeCompte, 1984; Guba & Lincoln, 1989; Lincoln & Guba, 1985). This study focused on the phenomenological approach.

The results of this study have shown me that I am a controlling person and need to change.