Benefits of Reading for Pleasure | Surprised?

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The research was conducted by Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown, who analysed the reading behaviour of approximately 6,000 young people being followed by the 1970 British Cohort Study, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. They looked at how often the teenagers read during childhood and their test results in maths, vocabulary and spelling at ages 5, 10 and 16….

Perhaps surprisingly, reading for pleasure was found to be more important for children’s cognitive development between ages 10 and 16 than their parents’ level of education. The combined effect on children’s progress of reading books often, going to the library regularly and reading newspapers at 16 was four times greater than the advantage children gained from having a parent with a degree…..

Dr Sullivan notes that reading for pleasure had the strongest effect on children’s vocabulary development, but the impact on spelling and maths was still significant. “It may seem surprising that reading for pleasure would help to improve children’s maths scores,” she said. “But it is likely that strong reading ability will enable children to absorb and understand new information and affect their attainment in all subjects.”

Honestly, is anyone really surprised by these findings?

http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/news.aspx?itemid=2740&itemTitle=Reading+for+pleasure+puts+children+ahead+in+the+classroom%2C+study+finds&sitesectionid=27&sitesectiontitle=News

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2013/09/15/another-study-shows-the-benefits-of-reading-for-pleasure/

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2 responses to “Benefits of Reading for Pleasure | Surprised?

  1. Not surprised at all. I did have to do the “maths” on the use of the word “maths” as it was. Then I saw “realised” and I realized all was okay. Brits are cool but a bit odd that way. Research concludes that if you happen to be American and use “maths” you’re a pampas Anglophile, probably speak like Madonna and believe we were better off in 1775. If, however you’re actually from the UK and use “maths”, you’re granted a pass.

  2. Ha! Great catch. Read a great book written by friend & retired UK cop, From Green to Blue. Took a chapter to get into the Queen’s English & the raw cop jargon, but it was doable.

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