Title: Home Book Reading and Reading Achievement in EU Countries: The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2011 (PIRLS)
Authors: DE SOUSA LOBO BORGES DE ARAUJO LUISADINIS MOTA DA COSTA PATRICIA
Citation: EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
Publisher: SWETS & ZEITLINGER
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC98072
ISSN: 1380-3611
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13803611.2015.1111803
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC98072
DOI: 10.1080/13803611.2015.1111803
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Home shared book reading during the preschool years is a strong predictor of students’ reading achievement in primary school and according to Sénéchal (2012) it can benefit more children from low socio-economic status (SES). This study examines the association between frequency of book reading before the start of compulsory education and the reading achievement of fourth grade students whose parents have high and low education levels in 22 European countries. Using data from the Program for International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS 2011), we show that the contribution of shared reading for the achievement of students from distinct SES backgrounds is different in different countries and that shared reading does not always benefit more children from low SES. Results are discussed in light of Sénéchal’s home literacy model, the dynamics of cultural capital and current policy efforts to support children’s literacy development in European countries.
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