“My Space”: Using blogs as literature journals with adolescents
Annette B. Littrell, Tennessee Technological University, United States
Tennessee Technological University . Awarded
This study explored the possible use of blogs rather than traditional handwritten journals for reader response with ten eighth-grade adolescent girls. The frequency and length of the students' writings as well as the students' perceptions about blogging and writing in general were examined.
Students participating in the study wrote longer, more frequent entries when using blogs over handwritten journals. Students also reported enjoying the blog more than the traditional journals due to ease of use, freedom of expression, and freedom from criticism. The blog appears to have served as an impetus for writing, giving participants a chance to develop their thoughts and ideas about the literature being read, which in turn segued into their continued writing.
Recommendations for future research included an expanded sample of both males and females of differing abilities, self-selection of text, and possible analysis of higher-order thinking skills promoted by blogging.
Littrell, A.B. “My Space”: Using blogs as literature journals with adolescents. Ph.D. thesis, Tennessee Technological University.
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