It is costly for students to avoid reading. Low literacy levels impact negatively on academic success, earning levels and employment opportunities. This project aims to produce new conceptual and empirical knowledge to inform the development of effective teaching practices to promote reading engagement for disadvantaged students.
Key findings derived from interview and observational data collected between 2011 and 2014 include:
This project is ongoing. In 2015, a major survey will be conducted examining antecedents of and correlates with reading avoidance using a large sample of disadvantaged students in Australia. An international comparative survey will be conducted using an adapted version of the questionnaire for a sample of disadvantaged students in Hong Kong. A group of participating teachers in Queensland will be engaged in an action learning study to examine various ways for promoting reading engagement for students from various disadvantaged backgrounds.
November 17, 2016
Professor Brendan Bartlett, ACU