Reading for pleasure — a door to success
Research points to certain factors that increase the likelihood of creating engaged readers. Choice relates to motivation Choice, interest and motivation are highly related. Surveys internationally suggest most children are more likely to read for pleasure if they can choose their own books (Gambrell, 1996, as cited in Clark & Rumbold, 2006 ). But, as Clark & Rumbold, 2006, state 'To affect reading behaviour they must subsequently choose to read that book over any other available activity'. Access to books is essential Lack of availability of high-interest reading material is cited by students as one of the reasons they don’t read for enjoyment. Children with books of their own read more, and more frequently. Impact of reading frequency and duration There is a positive relationship between attitude to reading, reading attainment and reading frequency. Relationships and role models, at school and at home We need to take a collective and collaborative approach across school and community.
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