International Review of Education

, Volume 61, Issue 3, pp 431–433 | Cite as

Reading circles, novels and adult reading development

By Sam Duncan. Continuum/Bloomsbury Academic, London/New York, 2012, 220 pp. ISBN 978-1-4411-7315-7 (hbk), ISBN 978-1-4725-3014-1 (pbk), ISBN 978-1-4411-7233-4 (e-PDF), ISBN 978-1-4411-0758-9 (e-PUB)
  • Laouali Malam Moussa
Book Review

Based on the author’s doctoral thesis, this book is comprised of an introduction, eleven chapters and a conclusion. It aims to share experiences of practised literacy from Anglophone countries in order to provide literacy teachers with ways and means to better help adult readers. Each chapter ends with a summary and a list of suggested reading.

In her introduction, Sam Duncan presents reading as an activity which can be practised anywhere. Her leading question is: “What do we do while we read, according to adult literacy learners?” Though research on reading circles is scarce, existing studies indicate that there is a close link between reading development and reading circles. To gather more evidence on the influence of reading practice on literacy development, Duncan conducted a case study in a member-run reading circle within an adult literacy class. The main arguments of her study are:
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    reading circles should be used in, and as, adult literacy provision;

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  3. Long, E. (2003). Book clubs: Women and the uses of reading in everyday life. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ministère des Enseignements SecondairesNiameyNiger

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