Biography in the Lives of Youth: Culture, Society, and Information

Biography in the Lives of Youth: Culture, Society, and Information

by W. Bernard Lukenbill
     
 

ISBN-10: 1591582849

ISBN-13: 9781591582847

Pub. Date: 04/30/2006

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Research from psychology and sociology has demonstrated that biography is assuming a powerful role in the sociological and psychological well being of youth. Biographies present role models, and define acceptable behaviors, social expectations, and values. They also demonstrate what is rewarded in society and what is less valued. This book considers selection and

Overview

Research from psychology and sociology has demonstrated that biography is assuming a powerful role in the sociological and psychological well being of youth. Biographies present role models, and define acceptable behaviors, social expectations, and values. They also demonstrate what is rewarded in society and what is less valued. This book considers selection and programming issues important, but goes beyond that and seeks to relate biography for youth within the larger arena of scholarship and research in terms of its literary, social, and cultural impact and importance. Lukenbill's overall goal is to help librarians, teachers, and youth workers better understand the power of biography, and ways it can be used. The book contrasts the influences of our current celebrity-and-media-driven culture with the role librarians, teachers, and parents can play in the positive development of youth. The use of biography in the school is presented as a fundamental tool of instruction, emphasizing its important role as a vehicle for cultural and information literacy dissemination. The use of biography in the public library centers on its use in programming and its potential for promoting cultural literacy, positive self-identification and healthy recreation. Major topics covered by the book include: biography in life and in learning; biography as used both in school library media center, the public library, and the classroom; biography as literature; biography as contemporary commentary; biography for the very young; biography as it affects attitudes and behaviors; and biography as social dialogue. The book's approach is at once theoretical and practical

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591582847
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Biography: Its Place in Life and Learning

Biography in School Library Media Centers and Public Libraries

Biography for the Very Young

Biography: Life in a Mirror

Biography and Literature

Biography, Celebrities and Modern Life

Biography as Social Dialogue

Biography in Art

Reflections

Conclusion

References

Basic Selection and Access Aids for Biography

Selected Bibliography

Index

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