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Botzakis, Stergios. "Adult Fans of Comic Books: What they get out of reading." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 53. (2009): 50–59. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1598/JAAL.53.1.5
BibTeX citation key: Botzakis2009
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Categories: General
Keywords: Didactics, Empirical research, Reception
Creators: Botzakis
Collection: Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
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This interview study is an exploration of the popular cultural and lifelong literacy practices of adult readers of comic books. Focusing on 4 participants from a pool of 12, the researcher used Kvale’s (1996) method of meaning interpretation to analyze utterances and speak to the various uses reading held for these people. Aaron, Kyle, Peter, and Roger’s uses of comic books point to complex and meaningful critical and reflective ways to use these frequently maligned texts. Among other uses, they used comic books for gaining content area knowledge, curatorial consumption, personal engagement, and reflection. The results of this study have implications for educators in regard to the rich potential of using popular culture texts for literacy education purposes. These analyses also point to the role of choice and interest in reading as well as paint a portrait of readers who have developed literate identities over their life spans.
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