Aliteracy : causes and solutions

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Aliteracy : causes and solutions

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Aliteracy : causes and solutions
Author: Nielen, Thijs Martinus Johannes
Publisher: Education and Child Studies, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2016-01-26
Keywords: Aliteracy
Reading motivation
Reading frequency
Reading skill
Attentional bias
Abstract: The reading motivation of the majority of students declines in the upper half of primary school, which implies a risk for aliteracy: Students can read but, due to lack of practice, their skills remain underdeveloped (Chapter 2). In this thesis we have explored causes and solutions for this important issue. A potential cause is that due to an accumulation of negative reading experiences, students acquire negative emotions about reading. Findings in chapter 3 show that anxiety about reading exists, in particular among low performing students. This anxiety likely contributes to a loss of interest in reading. In chapter 4 we reported on an experiment that tested whether the availability of reading materials make a difference. Students from schools with an enriched school library were more motivated to read, read more often and were better readers than students from schools without an enriched school library. Finally, in Chapter 5 we examined the potential of digital guidance during students’ reading. We found that particularly a susceptible group (carriers of the DRD4 7-repeat allele) benefits from external support during reading. These students show increased learning and even outperform their less susceptible peers when support is provided.
Description: Promotor: A.G. Bus, Co-Promotor: T.M. Sikkema-de Jong
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Citation: Nielen, T.M.J., 2016, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Sponsor: Kunst van Lezen (Stichting Lezen en het Sector Instituut Openbare Bibliotheken)

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