Brooks, Charlene CI 8149 March 7, 2013 Guys Read: AndrewCodebook:See coded interview below and memos below Code Symbol Descriptor Description PIGR Perceptions of Impact of Guys The individuals response to Read questions regarding the changes in attitudes towards reading as a result of participation in Guys Read. MRB Motivator for Reading Behavior The external events, stigmas, and social attitudes that impact reading choices TORB Thoughts about Others Reading How the individual perceived Behavior others reading choices and behaviorIndividual Boy Interview –(5 pages)Andrew—Brookdale-------------------------------------------------------------------------------[Explanation of consent and project]Q: Would you say your name, and I’ll ask you a few Questions?A: My name is Andrew.Q: Andrew, at the beginning of Guys Read club we talked about the types of books you like to read, likemystery, fantasy, science fiction, etc. Now that the book club is over, have you changed your mind aboutthe types of books you like to read?A: No. -PIGRQ: What are the types of books you like to read?A: Mysteries, action-adventure, kind of fighty like James Bond things like that, sort of a mystery with asecret agent type of things, because you don’t exactly know what they’re looking for because there’ssome item in particular that they’re looking for but you don’t know what it is, and there’s action,adventure stuff, fighting. Very fun. -MRBQ: Do you have something else to say about different kinds of books?
A: No.Q: Out of the books you read this summer, which one was your favorite?A: Probably My Side of the Mountain.Q: Why is that?A: It just sort of helps you realize like what exactly is out in the outdoors and stuff, besides, just like,“plants are good for looking at,” you know. We eat plants, cook them, and use them to cook otherthings, like meat, like deer, venison, whatever. So that’s what I liked about it.- MRBQ: Which books did you think had the most interesting discussion?A: I’d say probably Among the Hidden. I don’t know why.Q: Did participating in Guys Read this summer change anything about the way you view reading inschool, or reading related to various subjects in school?A: Not really. -PIGRQ: So how do you view it in school?A: I don’t really know.(oc). It seems like the student isnt really engaged in the Guys Read program. His answers are short andeven when prompted for more information he isnt sharing much for than I dont know. He may alsojust be really shy. His answers at this point suggest that the program has not influenced much of hisbehavior or thoughts towards reading.Q: As a young person who is home schooled, what do you think reading in school would be like, versusthe reading that you do at home?A: Probably in school they probably do more—harder books—or more books that you probably have toread. Like upper grade books, harder for your age; lots of assignments. - TORBQ: But when you’re coming here and reading with other boys who are the same age as you, does it seemlike they’re reading harder books than you?A: No, not likely. -TORBQ: So the expectation might be that reading in school is harder?A: Uh-huh, they make it sound harder. -TORBQ: At the beginning of the club we talked about what influences the reading you do. Do you read booksthat your friends are reading?A: Not really. I like reading, like, my kind of books, ‘cause everyone is different, and I don’t read, like,“oh, my friends are reading this, and they said it’s really good,” and I might not like it, you don’t know. Icould totally love this book, or I could totally hate it. So really just go by what you like.Q: So how do you make that decision?
A: Mostly I make the decision ‘cause friends, you know, they can read also worse books, you know, youmight like good books, such as comics, say, and then they might like the older comics, for like teens oradults, so you don’t always want to go that way, ‘cause that can be bad.- MRBQ: So what are you looking for in a book, how do you know that you’re going to like it?A: Read the back, read a little bit of the book, you know, maybe a little bit in the middle and stuff, andgo like “ooh,” then you can read through. Read the front page, like someone will say something and,“oh, that sounds good!”(oc). This individual seems rather independent and that may be a function of being homeschooled. I amunaware of how much interaction he has with peers, which may be a function of the amount of peerpressure or social conditioning that he experiences in his reading choices. He chooses his own book andis articulate in his explanations.Q: Now that the book club is over, do you think that this club will have any influence over the type ofreading you will do in the future? Do you have a new author you like, a new genre, or style of book?A: I don’t really have a favorite author; I just sort of read any kinds of books. Mom might say, “you mightlike that book,” you try reading it, you might like it, and if you like it, you can get more books like that.Like at the starting of book club, Stormbreaker, you read them, you start thinking, “oh, this is a reallydull, boring book,” then when you read it, you’re like “oh, this is really good.” And you see there is aseQuel and you want to read them. So that’s really cool. -MRBQ: Will you be more likely to ask other guys about what they’re reading, since you’ve been at the club?A: I don’t think so.Q: At the beginning of the club we talked about how you spent your spare club? Do you think that beingin Guys Read will change what you do with your spare time?A: Maybe a little. All my friends moved away near the middle of it, so it’s like “I can’t play mudball????,and other things like watching games, like that. -PIGRQ: So do you think you’ll find yourself reading more, playing video games more, watching TV, looking togo out with friends?A: Probably.Q: Which one?A: Probably seeing if I can go to where my friends are.(oc). The above conversation seems to imply that the student isnt really participating in the program onhis own accord, but rather sees it as something that he needs to do. Reading is fun, that is clear, but itsmore fun to do other activities.Q: At the beginning of the club we talked about what boys like to read and what girls like to read. Afterbeing in the club, what do you think about what boys like to read?
A: I was surprised about what some boys like, you know, kind of like some books I was thinking they’renot gonna like those, those are girl books, and they were like, “oh, we really liked this book ‘cause it’s socool.” I was like, “Oh! Do you? Wow!” -PIGR, MRBQ: What do you think boys like to read the most?A: The internet. Internet or library.Q: What types of boys read the most?A: Young, younger age boys, probably.Q: As boys get older they read less, then?A: Probably.Q: Why do you think that?A: Well, usually when you’re younger, you do less things and stuff, so you don’t always have to be, like,rush, rush, rush, ‘cause you’re a kid, you don’t know much, so you sit around and you can do nothing,and read. So there’s reading, you know—“oh, I like books, wow!” When you get older, to teenage yearsand other things, you start thinking differently, like, “oh, there’s that certain show on I love; I really likethat,” or “What job should I get? I want one that gives me a lot of money,” you know. And they startthinking about money Questions, and cars, and all that.(oc). I am not sure how old this boy is, but I find it rather interesting that he doesnt consider teenagers"kids". He has established that they have different sets of responsibilities, whether or not he is correct,he categories those responsibilities and expectations as more important than reading.Q: Let’s talk about older guys who read. Tell me about an older guy who reads and talks to you aboutreading.A: Cannot really think of anyone. Probably my dad, you know, he’ll read a book, he’ll talk about that atthe dinner table, maybe. So, that’s a way that we might know a book that we might like. -TORBQ: Have you thought any more about older guys reading as a result of Guys Reading?A: I don’t think so. -PIGRQ: Have you discussed your reading this summer with an older guy?A: Yes. Maybe neighbors, or friends that we help out, or places where we go.Q: Now that you’ve been in Guys Read book club, why do you think the club was created?A: To try and get guys to read more, maybe. Like they’ll they read more when they get older, they mightlike books. Usually, when they get older they don’t really read books.Q: Do you think it’s important to read books?
A: Yeah, they have books for life-guarding, you know, how to drive a car, how to use it, manuals formachinery, you know. If you didn’t have books no one would do it—like, options, you know—“oh, howdo I do this?” Then you can look up the book and it will help you. Like, if you didn’t have books and ifyou own a computer, you wouldn’t know how that’s different, and where is it, how do you turn it on, soyou wouldn’t know how to do that.Q: Have you participated in book discussions before, other than Guys Read?A: No.Q: What was the best thing about the book club?A: Probably, you know, get together, talk about the book. Get new interests, maybe, in different books,just out of like one book, like one single series of something that you might like and you might get usedto something else. -PIGRQ: If you could change one thing about the book club, what would it be, and why?A: Probably I’d do less food, maybe, because all the time, they’re always getting up, always “oh, candy,food.” Take away the candy, take away the food, maybe have, like, water, some kind of chips.Q: So you think that’s a little distracting?A: Yeah, ‘cause people will be talking, there’s a microphone there, you know, there will be a “ka-chunk,”and you can’t hear them all of a sudden [makes hissing noise of soda can being opened], either they’reshaking pop and making noises and the person is talking Quieter or something, and you may not be ableto hear with all the crinkling, and the fizzing of the pop or whatever.Q: Now that you’ve gone through the book club, how do you think about yourself as a reader? Do youthink you’re a different reader, or the same reader?A: Maybe a little different.Q: How so?A: Probably I would be a little faster, because I go “It’s coming up today, I have to read.” Maybe justhaving different books to be able to read, getting new interests also.Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share with me about your experience this summer in the bookclub?A: No. –PIGR(oc). Once again its really clear that the student isnt usingQ: You said you are home-schooled. Is it different talking about and reading book here than it is athome?A: Yeah. We don’t really read books there, maybe like “oh, I found this book about, like, bugs, orsomething,” “oh, I really want to read that,” so basically you just sort of kind of read what you like toread, instead of going to school where they’re like: “oh, you have to read this book.” Then you have toread it, and you’re like, “oh, great, this is so boring.” Then you can get a fun book, and you’re like “oh,
that’s cool, I never knew that about bugs or whatever.” You move up grade, and they, like, do the samebook, only at a little bit higher level.