Adolescents' Out-of-School Digital Reading Practices

Lauren Zucker, Fordham University


Adolescents spend a significant portion of the day on digital devices, yet we know very little about their out-of-school reading practices. While screen recording technology allows researchers to record and view videos of digital reading, the majority of studies exploring digital reading limit participants’ reading to researcher-selected texts and tasks. The present study used screen recordings of digital reading and stimulated-recall interviews to explore adolescents’ digital reading practices. Participants (N = 8) from a large, suburban high school recorded themselves reading outside of school for their own purposes, participated in interviews, and took a revised Metacognitive Awareness of Reading Strategies Inventory (MARSI). Data were analyzed both inductively for emergent themes, and deductively, through Turner and Hicks’ (2015) connected reading model. Findings revealed that teens engaged in all of the practices of connected reading, though some of their practices were more developed than others. Video clips of participants’ connected reading practices can be accessed in a digital compendium at The emergent theme of self-regulated learning indicated that teens frequently regulated their learning across personal, behavioral, and environmental processes. Results are discussed with respect to implications for both teaching and research.

Subject Area

Language arts|Secondary education|Reading instruction|Educational technology

Recommended Citation

Zucker, Lauren, "Adolescents' Out-of-School Digital Reading Practices" (2018). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10642701.