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ERIC Number: ED526809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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Do Students Today Read for Pleasure? PISA in Focus. No. 8
OECD Publishing (NJ1)
Students who are highly engaged in a wide range of reading activities are more likely than other students to be effective learners and to perform well at school. Research also documents a strong link between reading practices, motivation and proficiency among adults. Proficiency in reading is crucial for individuals to make sense of the world they live in and to continue learning throughout their lives. Across OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries, around two-thirds of students reported that they read for enjoyment on a daily basis. The percentage of students who reported that they read for enjoyment daily dropped in the majority of OECD countries between 2000 and 2009, but in some countries, that proportion increased. Reading for enjoyment every day is associated with better performance in PISA. Girls and socio-economically advantaged students read more for enjoyment than boys and disadvantaged students, and there is evidence that the gap in reading patterns widened between 2000 and 2009.
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment