What do Boys and Girls Read?
An Investigation into Reading Habits with Some Suggestions about the Teaching of Literature in Secondary and Senior Schools
Originally published in 1940. This book studies the facts regarding the actual reading of children aged 12 to 15 years, but is no mere compendium. It analyses the number and sorts of newspapers, books, magazines, poems and plays which are read during one month by boys and girls in senior and secondary schools, either in school or at home. The children's characteristic tastes and the changes in their tastes as they grow from 12 to 15 are clearly set out. The author identifies that the teacher's main function should be to supply and open up an ample range of literature suitable to the given age and that private reading in school is the realm where the teacher may exert the most exemplary influence. An excellent insight into the history of education.
Table of Contents
1. The Present Position and the Pretext for Writing this Book 2. How Many Books do Boys read, and What Sorts? 3. What do Boys Read during Private Reading Periods in School? 4. Do Boys Read 'Bloods'? 5. What Other Magazines do Boys Read? 6. Do Boys Read Newspapers? Which Newspapers do they Read? 7. What Part of the Newspaper do Boys Read? 8. What has Going to the Cinema to do with the Reading Habits of Boys? 9. Do Boys Read Poetry Out of School? 10. Do Boys Read Plays Out of School? 11. A Summary of the Reading Habits of Boys 12. What do the Teachers Do? 13. Conclusions – About Boys 14. Recommendations – to Teachers of Boys 15. Do The Girls' Answers Reveal any Differences between Boys and Girls? 16. How Many Books do Girls Read, and What Sorts? 17. What do Girls Read during Private Reading Periods in School? 18. Do Girls Read 'Bloods'? 19. What Other Magazines do Girls Read? 20. Do Girls Read Newspapers? Which Newspapers do they Read? 21. What Part of the Newspaper do Girls Read? 22. What has Going to the Cinema to do with the Reading Habits of Girls? 23. Do Girls Read Poetry Out of School? 24. Do Girls Read Plays Out of School? 25. A Summary of the Reading Habits of Girls 26. What do the Teachers Do? 27. Conclusions – About Girls 28. Recommendations – to Teachers of Girls