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Are School Librarians Important?

The Teen Reading pilot survey found that a higher proportion of students rated the provision of good books by their school library as a better motivator of more reading than local public or community libraries. While browsing the informative website of the  Australian...

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Teen Reading Pilot Study Report

The plain-language Snapshot Report of the pilot study, Teen Reading in the Digital Era: Platforms, Access, and Diversity has now been circulated to our participating study schools and stakeholders. It is now available to the public on our site. Snapshot Report March...

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Thirteen Reasons Why- Book to TV

A quick look down the titles of our teens' favourite books shows that many of these popular titles have been translated into film. Perhaps the popularity of the books led to the making of the film or inversely, the popularity of the film led to increased readership of...

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Top 5 genres preferred by teens

We analysed the favourite books of over 500 teens to identify their favourite genres. The top 5 genres Fantasy Contemporary realist fiction Science Fiction Autobiography/Biography Action/Adventure

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Teens’ Top 10 Australian Books or Series

Over 500 Australian teens were asked what their favourite books or series were. Here are their top 10 books or series by Australian authors: Once series by Morris Gleitzman Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths Tomorrow series by John Marsden The Book Thief by Markus...

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Teens’ Top 10 Favourite Books

We asked over 500 teens what their favourite books or series were. Here are their top 10. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney The Maze Runner series by James Dashner Divergent...

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How often do Australian teens read for pleasure?

The Teen Reading survey asked young people a few questions about how frequently and how much they read in their free time. We were specifically interested in recreational reading, not school or homework. Here’s an early analysis of what we found when we asked how...

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It hurts my eyes (but only when reading)

iPads and other LCD tablets are widely used in educational settings. They are ‘do it all’ devices which can perform many functions. They can be cameras, music players, web browsers, as well as displaying text word processing or notetaking software, or in book apps...

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Review: ‘Words Onscreen’ by Naomi Baron

Naomi Baron's book Words Onscreen is an exploration into the changing nature of reading. With the increasing use of eReaders many people are forgoing paper books. With this change, Baron asserts, comes a change in how we read, with reading onscreen linked to surface...

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How to get teenagers to read

In light of the widely acknowledged benefits of recreational reading, in 2012 the West Australian Study in Adolescent Book Reading (WASABR) attempted to uncover the most effective ways that social influences can support teenagers to read for pleasure. Some of the key...

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A nose for books

Reading books for pleasure has little appeal for smart phone fixated American teenagers, according to an article published in The New Yorker earlier this year. It's not just the idea of reading that seems like a chore to millennials, according to David Denby, it's...

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Re-thinking screen time

US publications such as Time and Forbes  are reporting on revisions of the American Academy of Pediatric' guidelines for children and screens, in recognition of the growing variety of screens and the uses to which they're now put. It is hard, reports Time, 'for the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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