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"He should have put them in the freezer": creating and connecting through shared reading

Jones, Susan; Harvey, Kevin



Shared reading involves reading short stories, poems, novels and plays aloud with groups of people who meet in a range of settings. Readings are conducted by a facilitator, after which the group members share their responses to the texts. The social and therapeutic benefits of shared reading have been well-documented, often with an emphasis on the role of literature in improving the well-being of individuals. In this article, we bring together our backgrounds in the study of sociolinguistics and literacy education to discuss the work of an inner city shared reading group with which we are both involved. The emphasis in the shared reading we present is on the members’ active and agentive participation in the co-construction of meaning through shared reading and the discussion of texts. We argue that a focus on the collaborative aspect of shared reading contributes to understanding of the role it can play in supporting inclusive, participatory arts practice in communities.


Jones, S., & Harvey, K. (2015). "He should have put them in the freezer": creating and connecting through shared reading. Journal of Arts and Communities, 7(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 21, 2016
Publication Date Sep 1, 2015
Deposit Date Dec 14, 2016
Journal Journal of Arts and Communities
Print ISSN 1757-1936
Electronic ISSN 1757-1936)
Publisher Intellect
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Keywords shared reading
reading aloud
reading for well-being
group interaction
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