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ERIC Number: ED541398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Is Four the Magic Number? Number of Books Read in a Month and Young People's Wider Reading Behaviour
Clark, Christina; Poulton, Lizzie
National Literacy Trust
Earlier this year Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, announced that British children were not reading enough and should, he believed, reading 50 books a year. This idea had come from a charter school he had visited in the US and was met with some degree of scepticism by authors and professionals who questioned whether a focus on quantity rather than engagement with books, especially at a time when libraries were being closed across the country, was the best approach to take. Putting aside the politics of this proposition, what is the evidence that reading four books a month instead of say one or ten has an impact on reading attainment and other reading variables? It is the purpose of this short paper to explore the relationship between the number of books young people read in a month and other reading variables, such as reading enjoyment, attitudes towards reading, reading frequency and reading length as well as reading attainment. Data to explore these relationships come from a survey of over 18,000 8 to 17-year-olds that the authors conducted in November/December 2010. Background information on the Omnibus survey is appended. (Contains 10 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom