Date of Award

Fall 10-25-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Secondary Education - English (Ed.D)


Secondary English Education

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Anete Vásquez

Second Advisor

Dr. Stephen Goss

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Montgomery


The problem this research seeks to understand is the intersection of the gender achievement gap in reading and the gendered practices of “the school” as a powerful social institution. This project draws upon the studies of the 1990s-2000s in order to discover the potential impact of the social, cultural, and political movements and shifts that began in 2017. Most earlier research into adolescent male readers was conducted from a deficit perspective. This study explores the reading lives of boys who are positioned at the end of their K-12 public schooling career and are finishing their second year in IB (International Baccalaureate) Language A: Literature HL (Higher Level). Narrative inquiry was employed to develop an understanding of the experiences that shaped the reading lives of 12th grade boys enrolled in the most rigorous English/Language Arts course offered at their high school. The boys composed literacy narratives and reflected upon their reading lives through journaling, discussion, writing, revision, interviews, and a focus group. Analysis of this data set resulted in a continuation of the characterization of the male reader, as well as advice for how educators can create classrooms and curriculum that support gender as a social construct and an expansion of hegemonic masculinity.