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ERIC Number: ED541704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 206
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 235
ISBN: ISBN-978-9-2920-1179-6
Teaching Reading in Europe: Contexts, Policies and Practices
De Coster, Isabelle; Baidak, Nathalie; Motiejunaite, Akvile; Noorani, Sogol
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, European Commission
For the first time, a pan-European study offers a comprehensive picture of reading literacy and identifies some of the key factors impacting on the acquisition of reading skills for 3-15 year olds. It addresses four key topics: teaching approaches, tackling reading difficulties, teacher education and the promotion of reading outside school. It investigates each key topic in the light of the results of academic research, the latest results of international surveys and an in-depth review of national policies, programmes and best practices. This new Eurydice study shows what countries are doing to improve reading literacy--and where they are falling short. The study, which covers 31 countries (EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey), reveals that while most have made progress in developing literacy policies, they often lack focus on the groups most at risk, such as boys, children from disadvantaged households and migrant children. EU Education Ministers have set a target to reduce the share of poor readers from 20 % to less than 15 % by 2020. Only Belgium (Flemish Community), Denmark, Estonia, Poland and Finland have already achieved this target. It also reveals that only eight countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom) provide reading specialists at schools to support teachers and pupils. The Eurydice report is an important input to the work of the High Level Group of experts in the field of literacy, set up by Commissioner Vassiliou in January 2011. The group is examining how to support literacy at all ages and which policy initiatives and programmes have been successful. The group will make policy proposals by mid-2012. Appended are: (1) Section 1.3/Table 1: Percentage of pupils in the fourth school year whose teachers report "waiting," "assigning extra homework," and providing "within classroom support" for pupils that begin to fall in reading, 2006; (2) Section 2.2/Table 1: Significant correlations between "taught reading" index and other variables, in participating EU-27 countries, 2006; (3) Section 2.2/Table 2: Significant correlations between "taught reading" index and other variables, by education system, 2006; (4) Section 2.2/Table 3: Perceived impact of attending CPD activities, by type, among teachers teaching reading, writing and literature at ISCED2 level, by education system, 2008; (5) Section 1.4/Initiatives for tackling reading difficulties: examples of good practice provided by national experts, 2009/10; and (6) Section 3.4/Main programmes for promoting reading in society, as reported by national experts, 2009/10; and (7) Section 1.2/List of documents used in the comparative analysis of reading literacy curricula and official guidelines. A glossary is included. Individual sections contain footnotes. (Contains 25 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; European Union; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Malta; Norway; Poland; Romania; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)