For a Pedagogy of Reading in the Digital/ Postmodern Age. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Invitation to a “Different” Reading Cover Image

For a Pedagogy of Reading in the Digital/ Postmodern Age. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Invitation to a “Different” Reading
For a Pedagogy of Reading in the Digital/ Postmodern Age. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Invitation to a “Different” Reading

Author(s): Mihaela Voinea, Mariana Norel
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: Editura Alfa
Keywords: postmodern values; postmodern education; reading skills

Summary/Abstract: The article is focused on the study of postmodern values wich are involved in the choice of readings for children, specially Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Postmodern society can be defined by a series of characteristics such as globalization, the great dynamics of social life, consumerism, the multitude of values etc, which give a new perspective on life and education. It is a well-known fact that today, in the digital era, reading, in its classical form, has changed. The book is in competition with the tablet, the videos and/ or images that “speak” for themselves.The volumes of Diary of a Wimpy Kid offer reading keys for deciphering the values of postmodern society: Greg is the image of the universal child that transcends cultural spaces. Greg can be any child, in any country, with dreams and fears specific to his age. We must note that the novel character is a “authentic” child within the postmodern meaning, that is, a child with such concrete problems – problems with teachers, quarrels with brothers, visiting cousins, with the joys and sorrows of the age – that almost every child relate to.The conclusion of this study is that stimulation of the interest in reading can be achieved by incorporating postmodern values in the literary texts. Involving students in an interactive manner in reading, using authentic texts, using humour are ingredients capable of intrinsically motivating for reading pieces of literature. The teachers’ competence to address reading “differently”, in a postmodern way, is a solution to form positive attitudes towards the written text.

  • Issue Year: XII/2016
  • Issue No: 2 (24)
  • Page Range: 317-325
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English