UK Study Links Pleasure Reading to School Success
A new study from the University of London's Institute of Education (IOE) shows that children who read for pleasure do better at school than their peers. The study is titled "Social inequalities in cognitive scores at age 16: The role of reading."
According to the study, which is reported on the IOE’s website, children who read for pleasure made more progress in mathematics, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read. The researchers compared children from the same social backgrounds who had received the same test scores as each other at ages 5 and 10. Reading for pleasure was found to be even more important for children’s cognitive development between 10 and 16 than their parents’ level of education. The combined effect on children’s progress of reading books often, going to the library regularly, and reading newspapers at 16 was four times greater than the advantage children gained from having a parent with a degree.
Researcher Dr. Alice Sullivan theorized “…it is likely that strong reading ability will enable children to absorb and understand new information and affect their attainment in all subjects.”
Children who were read to regularly by their parents at age 5 performed better in all three tests at age 16 than those who were not.