'Six things you can do to get boys reading more'

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'Six things you can do to get boys reading more'

Postby Debbie_Hepplewhite » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:26 pm

This interesting article in The Conversation challenges some of the notions about boys and reading - such as the idea that boys prefer reading non-fiction. Is this the case? Read on...

Six things you can do to get boys reading more

https://theconversation.com/six-things- ... ce=twitter

Stop telling boys they only like non-fiction

To improve boys’ literacy outcomes, parents and educators may look for ways to connect boys with reading. This had led to discussion about the importance of promoting so-called “boy-friendly” books that boys are supposedly “drawn to”, which are typically assumed to be non-fiction works, as it’s regularly contended that boys prefer to read non-fiction.

But this contention is not typically supported by recent quantitative research. For example, OECD and my own research suggests boys are more likely to choose to read fiction than non-fiction. Encouraging all boys to read non-fiction under the assumption this meets an imagined uniform preference can actually lead to negative outcomes.

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