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Research related to reading and reading promotion.

New E-Book Features Innovative Early Literacy Approaches

Finally published for immediate download: The e-book Prepare for Life! Raising Awareness for Early Literacy Education (PDF) is the result of the same-titled international expert conference that took place in March 2013 in Leipzig.

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Asian Countries Outperform in PISA Survey 2012

The 2012 OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) shows that Shanghai as well as Singapore were top performers in mathematics. Students in Shanghai scored the equivalent of nearly three years of schooling above most OECD countries. Hong Kong, Taipei, Korea, Macao, Japan, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Netherlands were in the top-performing group, too.

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Low-Skilled Adults Are Being Left Behind

The new OECD Survey of Adult Skills, also known as PIAAC, shows that low-skilled adults are more likely to be unemployed, have bad health and earn much less compared to their peers.

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Study on Reading Aloud 2013

Representative study – One third of parents do not read to their children enough

In 30 percent of the families with children between the ages of 2 and 8, the parents do not read to them enough. This was the finding of the representative study Neuvermessung der Vorleselandschaft (roughly translates to Review of the Situation Regarding Parents Reading to their Children) with regard to the behavior of Germans when it comes to reading to children.

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Prepare For Life: Language Education is More Than Learning the Alphabet

The International Expert Conference of early childhood language and reading skills want to work on a recommendation catalogue.

More than 130 participants from 35 different countries discussed cultural, social and political parameters for up-to-date early childhood language and reading skills at the international expert conference "Prepare for Life! Raising awareness for Early Literacy Education“ in Leipzig from 12th to 14th March.

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E-Devices Hinder Reading Development in China


Studies have shown that the brain and hand work closely together when learning how to write. New digital learning methods hinder learning how to read and write; this is currently leading to problems, especially in China.

A study by scientists from the University of Hong Kong has recently been published in the PNAS journal: The subject group, 6000 students in the 4th and 5th grade, each had to read out 300 characters from age-appropriate books. This caused serious problems for every third student.

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E-book Readers on the Rise in the United States

A recent research paper published by Pew Internet found that e-book reading jumped in the United States by late 2012. A survey showed that the number of those who read e-books increased from 16 per cent to 23 per cent among Americans aged 16 or older in the year 2012 compared to the previous year. On the other hand, the number of those reading printed books declined from 72 per cent to 67 per cent.

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Variability in Learning Phonic Skills

Many educators have long believed that when words differ on only one sound, early readers can learn the rules of phonics by focusing on what is different between the words. This is thought to be a critical gateway to reading words and sentences. But scientists at the University of Iowa are turning that thinking on its head.

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Study on Reading Aloud 2012

Representative survey - digital media open new opportunities for reading aloud

On 30 October 2012, the representative study Digital reading products – new incentives for reading aloud? conducted by the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, Stiftung Lesen and Deutsche Bahn was released in Berlin. The findings were presented by Dr. Jürgen Grube, Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, Moritz Müller-Wirth, deputy editor-in-chief and features editor of DIE ZEIT, Dr. Jörg F. Maas, Managing Director of Stiftung Lesen, and Dr. Simone C. Ehmig, Head of Institute for Research on Reading and Media of Stiftung Lesen. The presentation of the study also comprised the launch of the 9th National Reading Aloud Day that will take place on 16 November 2012.

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Reading Promotion Depends on Family and School

Interview with Professor R. Malatesha Joshi, Texas A&M University

Professor R. Malatesha Joshi has taught Reading/Language Arts Education, ESL, and Educational Psychology at the College of Education and Human Development of Texas A & M University since 2000. He got his PhD at the University of South Carolina in Reading Education, which is also his Primary Emphasis Area. His further research interests include Bilingualism and Biliteracy, Differential Diagnosis and Intervention of Reading and Spelling Problems, Literacy Acquisition in Different Languages, Literacy/Reading, Orthography and Dyslexia.

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Expert workshop: The future of reading

Expert workshop of the German reading foundation Stifung Lesen in Berlin on 5 and 6 June 2012.

This year’s expert workshop of the Stiftung Lesen which took place in Berlin on 5 and 6 June 2012 focused on the issue of the future of reading.

What does ‘reading’ mean today? Which effects do digitisation and demographic change have on the media and reading socialisation of children and adolescents, and thus also on reading promotion?

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Print referencing makes a difference in reading skills

Reading aloud with print referencing enhances reading skills

Making a small change in reading aloud to preschool children makes a beneficial boost on their reading skills later on. This reports a longitudinal study that examined the impact of the project STAR (Sit Together and Read in Early Childhood Special Education).

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PISA study: Let's read them a story

Reading to young children leads to better reading performance at age 15

Reading to children in pre-school and primary school years leads to better reading scores in the PISA reading test compared to children whose parents had not read to them. This shows the OECD study Let’s Read Them a Story! The Parent Factor in Education.

This relationship is especially strong among the tested 15-year-old students in Germany as well as New Zealand. Students of these countries scored higher by 51 points and 63 points, respectively.

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Non-use of public libraries in Germany

Aquaintance to libraries during childhood seems to be important

The German reading foundation Stiftung Lesen and the German Library Association have released a representative telephone survey on the reasons for the non-use of public libraries. For the first time, it has been examined why adolescents and adults do not - or no longer - use city or municipal libraries (university and school libraries have not been taken into account).

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Reading Study 2011

The importance of reading for the development of children

The German reading foundation Stiftung Lesen* has released a representative study on the effects of reading to children (November 2011). The core question of this study is: Which influence does reading to children have on their development? Five hundred 10 to 19-year-olds have been surveyed.

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Potential of e-readers

With the use of e-readers, reading becomes more appealing for children and teenagers.

This is one of the major findings of a study conducted in 2011 by the German reading foundation Stiftung Lesen on the Potential of E-Readers in the Promotion of Reading. The study clearly shows that the use of e-readers lowers the inhibition threshold for the first contact with books.

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The television is the No. 1 family medium in Germany

FIM study 2011 assessed communication and media use in families

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Results from the recent FIM study 2011, carried out by the Media Educational Research Alliance South-West (mpfs), were presented at the conference for “Media Today” on February 2nd, 2012. While the television, radio and the internet are the media that are most commonly used in families in Germany today, books are particularly important for the younger children: parents read to, or read together with, 82 percent of the children aged three to five years.
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Pilot study: Youth Literature and social networks (JL 2.0)

Transmedia Storytelling Project ahead of White Ravens Festival

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The International Youth Library in Munich launches a transmedia project for promoting communication on the topic of youth literature in social networks ahead of the White Ravens Festival for international child and youth literature, to be held in Munich from July 15th until July 20th, 2012. The study is meant to gain evidence regarding transmedia and intercultural potentials offered by social networks for literary and cultural educational work.
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International exchange on reading promotion and reading research

“Reading Worldwide” now features English-language Wiki

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This open work and communication platform shall enable and support international knowledge transfer in the field of reading promotion and respective research. The newly launched Wiki allows users to upload contents, or to process and annotate existing ones. New projects in the field of reading promotion are featured on “Reading worldwide” as well as current findings from research on reading.

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Comparative evaluation of the “Mother Child Education Program”

Interviews with 100 mothers regarding the project’s effects

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In 2009, 100 mothers from Bahrain, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Turkey who had earlier taken part in the “Mother Child Education Program“ run by the Turkish AÇEV Foundation were questioned in part-structured personal interviews regarding their assessment of the quality oft the project. The project targets families with children aged five and six years prior to their entering a pre-school or school institution.
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Keeping the mind fit

Reading promotion and mental health


Reading is a very special physical activity and it determines how we grow old. Reading, particularly in late adulthood, supports mental health and fosters lifelong learning, Dr. Susanne Schuett from Vienna University claims. Dr. Schuett uses an online survey to investigate reading habits of people aged 50+, assessing related healthy cognitive aging - in Austria, Germany and worldwide.
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Eurydice study on literacy in Europe

European countries need to step up efforts to boost reading skills


One in five 15 year olds and many adults in Europe cannot read properly. A new study published by the European Commission on July 11th 2011 shows what countries are doing to improve reading literacy – and where they are falling short. 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, Finland and Poland have already achieved this target.
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Evaluation of “Reading Schools” and “Reading Preschools”

Reading campaign “Cala Polska czyta dzieciom”

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“ABCXXI - All of Poland Reads to Kids” foundation and the Polish Ministry of Culture jointly launched a campaign for promoting reading in 2001. This campaign aimed to promote reading aloud, at school, at home and in public places. In 2006, the centre for evaluation, “Osrodek Ewaluaji” analysed effects of the regular reading activities together with local programme coordinators.
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“Cala Polska czyta dzieciom” - All of Poland Reads to Kids!

Study on the ABC-Foundation’s national reading campaign

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In October 2006, the IPSOS market research institute carried out a study to assess the reading behaviour of the Polish population as well as the familiarity with the campaign “All of Poland Reads to Kids”. The ABCG-Foundation’s campaign targets this aspect successfully: findings from the study allow for the assumption that “All of Poland Reads to Kids” can promote reading in the family.
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Places of Integration – in Germany and Israel

Reading Media Clubs support the acquisition of reading competence

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The Jerusalem Book Fair provided the framework for presenting research findings from the bi-national project “Reading Media Clubs in Germany and Israel”. The main result was that these institutions, providing an interface between school education and leisure time, do not only support children and young people – particularly those from less educated families – with opportunities for acquiring reading competencies; they moreover support integration in a comprehensive way.
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Linking School Libraries and Literacy

An exploration of school library use in the UK by the National Literacy Trust (UK)

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The summary report “Linking School Libraries and Literacy - Young people’s reading habits and attitudes to their school library, and an exploration of the relationship between school library use and school attainment” by Christina Clark (released in September 2010) explores what young people in the United Kingdom think about school libraries – do they use them? If so, why? If not, why not?
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There is a high demand for reading promotion programmes

The Institute for Reading and Media Research of the German Reading Foundation

Dr. Simone C. Ehmig

The Institute for Reading and Media Research at the German Reading Foundation conducts basic and monitoring research in the areas of reading and media use. It collects findings from media studies and most of all, it organises projects in its own right. The online magazine "Bildung + Innovation" talked to Dr. Simone C. Ehmig, who manages the Institute, about its tasks and objectives and about the changes in reading behaviour in recent years.
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Letterbox Club Evaluation

Children improved their reading skills


The Letterbox Club is a project managed by Booktrust in partnership with the University of Leicester. It focuses on improving the educational outlook for children aged 7 to 11 in foster care by providing them with a parcel of books, maths games and educational materials once a month for six months, addressed to them personally through the post. A study assessed the reading and literacy competencies of 316 children before and after joining the Letterbox Club.
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Cellphone novels

A reading phenomenon made in Japan


Cellphone novels are a significant and cutting-edge example of the increasing popularity of works that do not originate from paper-based manuscripts, but from online formats. They illustrate the strong reciprocal effects of technical developments with literary formats. In her article, Johanna Mauermann discusses the position cellphone novels hold in Japanese literature, and whether they should be viewed as an indicator of a changing concept of literature.
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Study on the reading habits of the Chinese population

For the seventh time, the office for press and publishing commissioned the Chinese publishing institute in 2009 to conduct a nationwide study on the reading habits of adults aged 18 to 70 years. In April 2010, the findings were disclosed to the press. The study’s findings are intended to assist the publishers in developing their future programmes. The study was carried out in 57 municipalities. 19,000 participants were interviewed in the study.
More than two thirds (69 percent) believe that reading [ ... ]  

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Study on the reading habits of children and youths in China

From April to July 2009, a study was conducted in China within the framework of the project “Child and Youth Year of Reading“. The basic corpus of respondents consisted of pupils from primary school levels 2 to 6, thus addressing the group of pupils aged between 7 and 14 years. The study focused the reading conduct of migrants in particular.
600 schools and 151,277 children took part in the study. 87.8 percent of them lived in a town, 11.5 percent lived in the country; 20,2 [ ... ]  

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Study on media preferences of Germans, Austrians and the German speaking Swiss population

In March 2009, the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK Group, consumer research) interviewed a total number of 729 Germans, 500 Austrians and 504 German speaking Swiss citizens in an online survey regarding the significance they attribute to media in general, and books in particular. This study was commissioned by leading umbrella organisations of publishing houses (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, Hauptverband des Österreichischen Buchhandels and Schweizer Buchhändler- und [ ... ]  

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Trend Tracking Kids 2009: High Interest Topics for Kids and Youth in Germany

In Spring 2009, the icon kids und youth international research GmbH conducted a study on current trends with kids and youths. Between early March and early April 2009 1,468 children and youth aged 6 to 19 years were interviewed, revealing large differences between boys and girls as welll as the age groups.
The data assessed television trends, high interest topics, the most popular persons, leisure time activities, internet and media use and reading habits.
The results show that all media are [ ... ]  

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The ADORE-Project, Teaching Struggling Adolescent Readers

A Comparative Study of Good Practices in European Countries, was funded from 2006 to 2009 as part of the Socrates Programme of the European Commission. The ADORE-Project has investigated the reading instruction for

adolescent readers in 11 European countries and searched for examples of “good practice” in the enhancement of these students. The participants of this project were readingexperts

from universities and teacher-training-institutions from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania and Switzerland.

Target Group:Youth;  
Internet:http: / / www.alinet.eu / index.php?option=com_content & view=article & id=4 & Itemid=4

Power Lunch

POWER LUNCH! is the original mentoring programme launched by the non-profit organisation Everybody Wins, where elementary school students from lower income families are paired with adult volunteers who read to them aloud. The scheme was evaluated by independent organisations twice, and results show an impact on reading motivation, comprehension and achievement as well as confidence and social competencies such as classroom behaviour, attention spans. According to the website, POWER LUNCH participants score higher on standardised tests than non-participant peers.

Target Group:Children;  
Internet:http: / / everybodywins.org / provenresults



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