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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012 


Gendered Literacy: An Integrated Conceptual Model
Emily Seitz

Monday, 6:30pm


Summary

The term "gendered literacy" is appearing with increasing frequency in both the education and library and information science literatures but has not yet been fully defined. The proposed poster treats this concept of gendered literacy within Western cultures and discusses the importance of children’s literacy in a rapidly changing reading and information environment, especially in light of the apparent gender gap in reading. The proposed poster presents a cohesive literature-based model for gendered literacy. Although previous research has addressed gendered literacy from a variety of perspectives, it has not yet provided an integrated conceptual model. Additionally, the proposed poster presents initial results of a qualitative content analysis of words and images in a sample of blogs about children's literature drawn from the KidLitosphere web portal, considering these blogs as vehicles through which socio-cultural conceptions of gendered literacy may be disseminated.