More young people read for fun in Canada

The number of 15-year-olds reading for pleasure is increasing slightly in the country. It went from 68 % in 2000 to 70 % in 2009. Canada is one of the few member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to show an increase. However, it is in 14th place among the countries where they are the most numerous to do so.

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The number of 15-year-olds reading for pleasure is increasing slightly in the country. It went from 68 % in 2000 to 70 % in 2009. Canada is one of the few member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to show an increase. It is however at 14e rank of the countries where they are the most numerous to do so.

Overall, the percentage of students who say they read daily for fun increased from 69 % in 2000 to 64 % in 2009, according to the international program for the monitoring of prior learning (PISA) of the OECD. However, we see that students who read a variety of books are particularly good at reading comprehension. "The pleasure of reading tends to decline, especially among male students, testifying to the challenge facing educational institutions: to engage 15-year-old students in reading texts that are relevant and interesting to them," said -your.

Read online

We also note that online reading is more and more common among adolescents and contrary to popular belief, this type of reading is also beneficial! “Students whose online reading activities are extensive, for example reading e-mail, chatting, reading online news, using a dictionary or encyclopedia, participating in online debates and forums, and searching for information are generally more efficient in reading comprehension than the pupils who hardly read online, which can be explained by the diversity or the high frequency of their reading activities online ”, one writes. By far the most popular activity online is chatting. It is practiced by about 75 % of teens. This is followed by reading emails (64 %) and searching for information (51 %).

Boys read less

The report also shows that in all countries, boys read less for pleasure than girls, which is reflected in their learning. Reading for pleasure is particularly beneficial if it is coupled with the faculties of critical reasoning and strategic reading, it is mentioned. "That most of the gender gap is because boys are less engaged in reading and students who are less engaged in reading are less successful is a great reason to focus on finding more effective means of getting boys to take an interest in reading at school or at home, ”say the authors. According to the document, "boys would catch up with girls in reading if they were more motivated by reading and if they used effective learning strategies."

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About the Author

Nathalie Côté
Nathalie Cote
Nathalie is a journalist. His favorite themes are family, education, health, consumption, the environment and social phenomena. She contributes in particular to the newspaper La Presse.

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