Where do adolescents read eBooks?

Often we think of  eBooks as being more portable – going on the road more than those heavy-to-lug paper door stoppers. In our Teen Reading pilot survey we asked Australian adolescents where they usually read eBooks. They could pick multiple locations, but guess what came top of the list for those mobile marvels? The bedroom and shared spaces at home!

Almost 90% of females picked the bedroom, with over 70% of boys selecting the same. For shared spaces at home, it was around 45% and 35% respectively. Girls seemed to like reading outdoors and on public transport more than boys, but of course, this doesn’t take into account the other activities they might choose to do in these places.

Associate Professor Andrew Singleton

Andrew Singleton joined our group in October 2016. Primarily a sociologist of religion, Andrew has worked on projects on young people’s spirituality. He is also skilled in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and mixed methods. We’re very happy that he’s agreed to join the Teen Reading project.

Planning intensive

Last week, the research group met at the Deakin City Centre to pore over the data we’ve collected and put together a dissemination strategy for 2017. We also welcomed Associate Professor Andrew Singleton to the group. Andrew showed us what the data looks like in SSPS and helped think about ways to use it.

With Margaret in Perth, two relatively new members of the group (Catherine and Andrew)  and our various teaching and administration commitments, this is the first chance we’ve had to work together in this way. It was a very productive meeting, with 9-10 papers planned that span our different disciplines. It looks as though there’ll be plenty of activity in 2017.


Victorian Fieldwork Complete

During August and September the team visited a further 5 schools for data collection – ranging from outer metropolitan to regional and rural centres.

This iconic Ballarat streetscape was one of our transit stops to a nearby school.

Distance from Melbourne certainly makes a difference to the culture and demographics of schools in former country towns. Some, like the mystery school whose carpark outlook features, draw pupils from a range of nearby population centres. Our outer metropolitan schools were the most notable for their mix of ethnicities, and more students from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Our final sample for the Teenagers Reading survey came in at just over 550 respondents. Just over half of these were female. The ages ranged from 10 to 18, with the bulk of the sample being 12-16 year-olds. Most listed the place they lived as “City (including suburbs)”, with 20% from small country towns or rural properties.