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Published on June 4, 2008

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Creating a national youth reading culture Jonathan Douglas Director National Literacy Trust

 

“ Reading is the best ladder out of poverty” Gordon Brown

“ Reading is the best ladder out of poverty”

Gordon Brown

Background 1998 introduction of National Literacy Strategy 1998/9 first National Year of Reading 2003 Youth Matters 2007 Head Space libraries receive lottery funding 2008 second National Year of Reading

1998 introduction of National Literacy Strategy

1998/9 first National Year of Reading

2003 Youth Matters

2007 Head Space libraries receive lottery funding

2008 second National Year of Reading

Reading at 11 - skills 87% 82% Girls 82% 75% Boys 2003 1998

Reading at 11 - enjoyment Source: Sainsbury & Schagen 2004 75% 85% Girls 55% 70% Boys 2003 1998

A reader is… When asked to imagine someone who reads and what kind of person they are, self-defined non-readers saw them in an undesirable light, such as being geeky and boring, as well as someone who is clever and who will do well

When asked to imagine someone who reads and what kind of person they are, self-defined non-readers saw them in an undesirable light, such as being geeky and boring, as well as someone who is clever and who will do well

A reader is…

Self defining “non-readers” Actually reading a huge amount – online gaming, emails and magazines Not reading traditional “reading formats” they identify as predominantly fiction and poetry However these are the formats least likely to be used in the classroom in the UK

Actually reading a huge amount – online gaming, emails and magazines

Not reading traditional “reading formats” they identify as predominantly fiction and poetry

However these are the formats least likely to be used in the classroom in the UK

45% of teenagers have been told off by an adult for enjoying something that is not deemed to be ‘proper reading’ National Year of Reading research April 2008

45% of teenagers have been told off by an adult for enjoying something that is not deemed to be ‘proper reading’

National Year of Reading research

April 2008

More research… Teachers as Readers (UKLA 2007) Progress in International Reading Literacy Survey 2001 & 2006 (published 2007)

Teachers as Readers (UKLA 2007)

Progress in International Reading Literacy Survey 2001 & 2006 (published 2007)

So reading is seen by young people as Not being pleasurable Not being sociable Irrelevant to succeed So… Who wants to be a reader?

Not being pleasurable

Not being sociable

Irrelevant to succeed

So… Who wants to be a reader?

So how do you make reading attractive to those individuals and groups who find it irrelevant and unattractive? By… REDEFINING IT!

make reading attractive to those individuals and groups who find it irrelevant and unattractive?

By…

REDEFINING IT!

Approach 1: Work with popular culture “Reading the Game”

Approach 2: Start with what they love

Approach 3: Make it social “Head Space”

Approach 4: Promote all reading

[email_address] www.literacytrust.org.uk www.yearofreading.org.uk

[email_address]

www.literacytrust.org.uk

www.yearofreading.org.uk

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