Research finds those who read daily only on-screen are much less likely to be above average readers than those who read in print.
Anu Ojaranta's insight:
"We are concerned by our finding that children who only read on-screen are significantly less likely to enjoy reading and less likely to be strong readers. Good reading skills and reading for pleasure are closely linked to children’s success at school and beyond. We need to encourage children to become avid readers, whatever format they choose."
Interesting findings in this study. It has been recorded that boys reading skills reach the level of girls if reading is in e-format or internet but these studies has not taken a look at the enjoyment of reading when in e-format. This study is worth looking into...
Click above to view full image! Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses.
"The results of this study demonstrated no significant statistical difference between the comprehension of students using the iPad and those reading from a printed text. However, surveys and observations demonstrated an increase in engagement when using the electronic reader in the classroom."
Via Rosa Martins
"As a teacher-librarian I set out in this paper to discover what progress, if any, has been made in implementing strategies for teaching reading online. What I discovered is the complexity of interpreting online text is much greater than I anticipated. Ranjana Das (2011) explains that the very nature of online text has blurred the previously predictable line between authors, readers, users and producers (p. 346). Being an online student myself, I am often reading while authoring, using while curating my library. The complexity of reading online has implications for all of us in the education system."
Theory of mind' researchers find that reading serious fiction boosts one's ability to understand others, a precursor of empathy.
One thing that interests psychologists is the extent to which developing theory of mind is a precursor to the capacity for empathy. They are also looking at the way in which people with autism and sociopaths develop these abilities — or don't. And primatologists have demonstrated some of the rudiments of theory of mind in other apes.
Now, research by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano of the New School for Social Research, published in the journal Science, suggests that reading literature improves these intuitive abilities. But not just any literature. Literature with a capital "L."
reinforce literacy skills.supplement reading instruction to develop a positive attitude towards literature.develop understanding of content area material when decoding or other literacy skills are delayed.model the appropriate use of oral vocabulary, fluent reading, and use of phonics.bring literature from the classroom to home and back on a portable device."
Recently our Director, Miranda McKearney chaired a discussion at Capita's Moving English Forward conference for teachers. Here is an extract from her ...
Anu Ojaranta's insight:
"But schools can't do this alone. A drive to inspire children to enjoy reading has to be systemic, reaching across home, school and the community. I believe the time is right for a new era of partnership working - public libraries' community reading support should be factored into schools' reading for pleasure policies, alongside the support of schools library services."
"Boys need a sense of purpose in order to engage with what they do. Give them an audience, create real ‘wow’ moments and help develop a love of fiction. Gary Wilson explores some practical ways in which you can help to engage boys."
"It is too easy to make light of ‘new literacies’ by saying things like: “Well, there are always newer ones coming along”. Such remarks suggest new literacies have a similar kind of life trajectory to an automobile: new in 2009, semi-new in 2010, and old hat by 2011. Against this kind of “that’s so yesterday” perspective, we suggest in this article that ‘new literacies’ are best understood in terms of an historical period of social, cultural, institutional, economic, and intellectual change that is likely to span many decades – some of which are already behind us."
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