2005-06: Boys and Reading

Boys and Reading—Graphic Organizers and Graphic Novels

The topic of inquiry was chosen for the inaugural project because of the widespread concern that many boys are disengaged from reading, and less competent in mastering the skills of literacy, often with significant consequences for their achievement. Boys' schools are uniquely positioned to focus on curriculum, approaches, and pedagogy that promote their engagement with literate tasks and outcomes.

The Boys and Reading topic was subdivided into two themes: The Use of Graphic Organizers in Reading Instruction for Boys; and The Use of Graphic Novels to Engage Boys in Reading.

Team members reported at the 13th IBSC Annual Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, July, 2006.

The Use of Graphic Organizers in Reading Instruction for Boys

The first team focused on primary level boys, and set as its precise research question: "Does the use of pre-designed graphic organizers in reading instruction increase boys' engagement and level of comprehension?" The team reported that the use of graphic organizers was a powerful tool in helping boys navigate and probe texts, with significant impact on their understanding of these texts.

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The Use of Graphic Novels to Engage Boys in Reading

The second team focused on secondary level boys, and set as its research question: "how might graphic novels engage boys in school reading?" The team reported that graphic novels can serve to engage boys in reading, and lead them to greater interest in and understanding of texts.

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2006-07: Reading (2 Reports, 7 Researchers)

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