In a recent post by OverDrive they talk about a recent eBook study done in Australia. The study engaged Australian students with eBooks conducted by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities and OverDrive reseller Softlink.
Here are the key findings:
41% of student respondents indicated they were reading more than usual by the end of the project
47% of teacher respondents indicated students were enjoying reading more, with 21% believing reading skills were improved
100% of parents/carers expressed desire for ongoing access to eBooks
Teachers and teacher librarians saw the greatest benefit was in reading comprehension
Students believed using eBooks improved their writing and creativity, and reading independently
The benefits of using eBooks are more far reaching than developing confidence using technology
The most common devices used for accessing eBooks were school computers, iPads, iPods and home computers.
The opportunity to access a range of eBooks enriched the collection of resources available to students and teachers.
Reading and writing enjoyment and skills development was evidenced by quality student work samples and feedback resulting from the planned learning activities.
Below are some highlights of the study from the Scholastic site:
Kids, Families, and eBooks
The percent of children who have read an ebook has almost doubled since 2010 (25% vs. 46%).
Among children who have read an ebook, one in five says he/she is reading more books for fun; boys are more likely to agree than girls (26% vs. 16%).
Half of children age 9–17 say they would read more books for fun if they had greater access to ebooks – a 50% increase since 2010.
Seventy-five percent of kids who have read an ebook are reading ebooks at home, with about one in four reading them at school.
Seventy-two percent of parents are interested in having their child read ebooks.
Eighty percent of kids who read ebooks still read books for fun primarily in print.
Kids say that ebooks are better than print books when they do not want their friends to know what they are reading, and when they are out and about/traveling; print is better for sharing with friends and reading at bedtime.
Fifty-eight percent of kids age 9–17 say they will always want to read books printed on paper even though there are ebooks available – a slight decrease from 2010 (66%).
Kids’ Reading Frequency and Attitudes toward Reading
Among girls, there has been a decline since 2010 in frequent readers (42% vs. 36%), reading enjoyment (71% vs. 66%), and the importance of reading books for fun (62% vs. 56%).
Compared to 2010, boys are more likely to think reading books for fun is important (39% in 2010 vs. 47% in 2012), but they still lag girls on this measure (47% for boys in 2012 vs. 56% for girls in 2012).
Frequency of reading books for fun is significantly lower for kids age 12–17 than for children age 6–11; frequency of reading books for school is also lower for kids age 12–17 than for kids age 6–11.
Parents’ Role in Kids’ Reading Practice
About half of parents (49%) feel their children do not spend enough time reading books for fun, while the vast majority of parents think their children spend too much time playing video games or visiting social networking sites.
The percentage of parents who say their child does not spend enough time reading for fun has increased since 2010 across all age groups of children (36% in 2010 to 49% in 2012).
Having reading role-model parents or a large book collection at home has more of an impact on kids’ reading frequency than does household income.
Building reading into kids’ schedules and regularly bringing additional books into the home for children positively impact kids’ reading frequency.
Ninety-nine percent of parents think children their child’s age should read over the summer.
Eighty-six percent of children say they read a book (or books) over the summer.
On average, kids say they read 12 books over the summer.
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