ERIC Number: ED057988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
How Can I Get My Teenager to Read?
The main barriers to teenage reading are lack of reading skills, lack of reading materials, and lack of time for reading. The school has often unconsciously contributed to the teenager's not reading by overloading him with homework and providing too many after-school activities. Another important factor that affects the child's attitude toward reading is that many people around him do not read. Our goal is not to see that the child merely reads words on a page, but to develop in him a positive attitude and genuine interest in reading. In order to achieve this, the child should be provided a comfortable, quiet reading environment. If the child is deficient in reading skills, parents might examine the possibility of a school remedial reading class or a qualified tutor. To improve the child's attitude towards reading, parents should develop in themselves a reading habit. Pairing films with books and discussions among the family about materials read are good motivational techniques. Bibliography can be used to solve teenage problems, but must be approached sensitively. Encourage the child to read what interests him, but make good books available so that good taste might develop naturally. This micromonograph is one of a series for parents about children's reading development. References are included. (AW)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Attitudes, Motivation Techniques, Parent Role, Reading Interests, Reading Skills, School Role
International Reading Association, 6 Tyre Ave., Newark, Del. 19711 ($0.35 to members, $0.50 to nonmenbers)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.; Indiana Univ., Bloomington. ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading.