Children who read a variety of texts are more apt to critically think and take initiative in their learning
Children who read are more well-rounded in interests than their non-reading counterparts
Children who read are more apt to be life-long learners who seek knowledge readily
In 1956, Benjamin Bloom headed a group of educational psychologists who developed a classification of levels of intellectual behavior important in learning. Bloom found that over 95 % of the test questions students encounter require them to think only at the lowest possible level...the recall of information. Bloom identified six levels within the cognitive domain, from the simple recall or recognition of facts, as the lowest level, through increasingly more complex and abstract mental levels, to the highest order which is classified as evaluation.
Youth Development as a concept is the development and learning that a young person is experiencing at all times. Advancing Youth Development means adding positive services, supports & opportunities in place to encourage positive outcomes.
AYD does not work from a deficit or prevention stance but instead the complete opposite
Our role as educators is not to view young people as empty vessels waiting to be filled up, but, instead, as youth in development who flourish when nourished by adults who provide appropriate services, supports and opportunities. Literature can be used as that tool that provides an opportunity for youth to express and ultimately boundary-stretch when consciously processed.