ERIC Number: EJ816576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
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Reference Count: 12
When Do Children Read Books?
van Ours, Jan C.
Education Economics, v16 n4 p313-328 Dec 2008
This paper investigates the reading of fiction books by 15 year olds in 18 OECD countries. It appears that girls read fiction books more often than boys, whereas boys read comic books more often than girls. Parental education, family structure, and the number of books and televisions at home influence the intensity with which children read fiction books. Reading comic books does not affect the reading of fiction books. Parents who want their children to read fiction books frequently should have a lot of books at home and at most one television. (Contains 2 figures, 5 tables, and 15 notes.)
Descriptors: Recreational Reading, Family Structure, Foreign Countries, Family Influence, Gender Differences, Males, Fiction, Adolescents, Parent Influence, Educational Attainment, Television Viewing, Reading Materials, Cross Cultural Studies
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