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The Decrease of School Related Reading in Swedish Compulsory School: Trends Between 2007 and 2017
Dalarna University, School of Teacher Education, Educational Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7561-7679
Institutionen för naturvetenskapernas och matematikens didaktik, Umeå universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1535-873x
Dalarna University, School of Teacher Education, Educational Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9990-5501
Dalarna University, School of Teacher Education, Educational Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2130-4797
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2022 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170, Vol. 66, no 1, p. 119-133Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Even though the importance of extensive reading practice is well documented, as are students’ changing leisure-time reading habits, knowledge of how much students read at school is still limited. Therefore, this study investigates how many pages of continuous text, nonfiction as well as fiction, students in middle (Grades 4–6) and lower secondary (Grades 7–9) school read during an ordinary school day. Comparing data from two large-scale surveys, in 2007 and 2017, our analyses indicate that the proportion of students who read one full page or more has decreased significantly. More students in middle school compared to lower secondary still read nonfiction, whereas the reading of fiction is now equally low. We conclude that the growing achievement gap among Swedish students on reading literacy tests is mirrored in the widening divide between students who still read extensively at school and those who do not read at all.

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2022. Vol. 66, no 1, p. 119-133
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reading amount, school reading, nonfiction, fiction, trends, middle school, lower secondary school, continuous text
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Education and Learning, Att läsa eller inte läsa: En studie av grundskolans läspraktiker
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-35051DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2020.1833247ISI: 000584715500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85095761482OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-35051DiVA, id: diva2:1470794
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-04747Available from: 2020-09-25 Created: 2020-09-25 Last updated: 2023-03-17Bibliographically approved

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