Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Study finds children are more likely to own a mobile phone than a book

A recent survey by the National Literary Trust has produced some interesting findings. The survey included more than 17,000 children between the ages of seven and 16 and found that 85.5 percent of children had their own mobile phone while only 72.6 percent had their own books. The study also suggests that there is a link between access to books outside of school and high test scores. “Involvement with reading activities at home has significant positive influences not only on reading achievement, language comprehension and expressive language skills, but also on pupils’ interest in reading, attitudes towards reading and attentiveness in the classroom.”

In conjunction with the research, the National Literary Trust has launched a new campaign called Tell Me a Story to raise awareness in supporting children’s literacy.

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