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ERIC Number: ED541612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Children's and Young People's Reading Today: Findings from the 2011 National Literacy Trust's Annual Survey
Clark, Christina
National Literacy Trust
This research was funded by law firm Slaughter and May and carried out with 21,000 children and young people across the UK. One of its key findings is that children and young people are reading less as their lives get more crowded. In 2005 the researchers found that four young people in 10 read daily outside of class. This research carried out at the end of 2011 found that only three young people in 10 now read daily in their own time. However, the number of children and young people who enjoy reading very much or quite a lot has remained static since 2005 (50% today vs 51% in 2005). These findings together suggest a clear issue with children's and young people's leisure time with many children and young people enjoying reading but pushing it out in favour of other activities. The research found that: (1) More than a fifth of children and young people (22%) rarely or never read in their own time; (2) More than half (54%) prefer watching TV to reading; (3) Nearly a fifth (17%) would be embarrassed if their friends saw them reading; and (4) 77% of children and young people read magazines in 2005 now just 57% do, comic reading has dropped from 64% to 50%, reading on websites from 64% to 50%. The researchers believe it is essential to make the time for children and young people to read as the research also shows a clear link between reading outside of class and their achievement. It found that young people who read outside of class daily were 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age. Appended are: (1) An introduction to the annual literacy survey; (2) Methodology: Participation rate; and (3) Sample characteristics. (Contains 15 figures, 42 tables, and 18 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