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ERIC Number: ED541607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Family Matters: The Importance of Family Support for Young People's Reading. Findings from the National Literacy Trust's 2011 Annual Literacy Survey
Clark, Christina; Picton, Irene
National Literacy Trust
Parents play a pivotal role in their children's education and literacy is one of the areas where parents have the relatively simple facilities, such as books or other reading materials, to become involved and to make a significant difference. In addition to reading with their children, parents can also show them that they value reading as a worthwhile activity by encouraging them to read and by reading themselves. These two activities are the focus of this short report on findings from the authors' annual research. A significant area of concern highlighted by the report is that fathers are far less likely to support their children's reading. Far fewer fathers than mothers encourage their children to read, with one in three fathers giving no reading encouragement to their children at all. Mothers are twice as likely to be seen reading by their child than fathers, with one third of dads never seen with a book, newspaper or magazine. This report shows that what parents say, and what they do, can have a considerable impact on young people's reading enjoyment, confidence and attainment. Appended are: (1) An introduction to the annual literacy survey; (2) Methodology; and (3) Sample characteristics. (Contains 3 figures, 13 tables, and 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Slaughter and May
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Northern Ireland); United Kingdom (Scotland); United Kingdom (Wales)