Document Type


Publication Date

Summer 4-16-2019

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


This departmental honors project outlined research that has been completed on the benefits of incorporating young adult literature in the secondary English Language Arts classroom and discussed the benefits of using young adult literature as a means of introducing students to various aspects of diversity. While young adult literature continues to grow in popularity among teen readers, there are many negative connotations associated with texts falling under this label and their merit within the classroom. Similarly, classroom dynamics are becoming more diverse each year through the number of students representing different races, ethnicities, ability levels, interests, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, and more. However, there is very little quantitative or qualitative research on how young adult literature can be used in secondary curricula to engage students in assigned reading and to increase students’ exposure to facets of diversity. Thus, this study aimed to reveal how a sample of secondary English Language Arts educators perceives young adult literature, how it is being used in the classroom, the challenges that teachers face when attempting to include it in the curriculum, and the extent to which teachers are addressing facets of diversity in their classrooms.

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