Supporting recreational book reading in adolescents: What you can do
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© 2016 Common Ground, Margaret Kristin Merga, All Rights Reserved. While the international conversation about literacy is heavily concerned with skill acquisition, particularly in the early years, insufficient attention is given to developing will, and hence fostering life-long reading. As regular recreational book reading offers a wide range of benefits, supporting this practice should be a key aim of educators, librarians, parents, and researchers. This paper highlights the range of established and emerging benefits of recreational book reading, subsequently outlining how we can support adolescent readers to read more books. It draws deeply from the available research, particularly findings from the West Australian Study in Adolescent Book Reading (WASABR), which has achieved wide attention both in Australia and internationally. It will also be contended that the current body of research indicates that book reading offers greater benefit than reading of other textual sources. Evidence-based recommendations for educators, librarians, and parents wishing to support recreational book reading are presented, with emerging areas of significance for future research also outlined.
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"She knows what I like": Student-generated best-practice statements for encouraging recreational book reading in adolescentsMerga, Margaret (2015)© Australian Council for Educational Research 2015 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav. The benefit of recreational book reading is well recognized, however the role of teachers in encouraging ...
Access to books in the home and adolescent engagement in recreational book reading: Considerations for secondary school educatorsMerga, Margaret (2015)© 2015 National Association for the Teaching of English. The emphasis on schools' providing reading materials for students at home is very much on the primary school years, when the skill of reading is being acquired. ...
Merga, Margaret (2017)Â© 2017 National Association for the Teaching of English Regular recreational reading offers benefits across a range of literacy outcomes, as well as supporting learning in other subject areas, offering cognitive benefits, ...