After more than three years of negotiations and intense involvement from many stakeholders, Member States of the United Nations agreed to a final version of the post-2015 Development Agenda – now known as 2030 Agenda. The new 2030 Agenda is a framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals with a total of 179 Targets spanning economic, environmental and... Read more
The art of reading, particularly engaged reading as opposed to the mechanics of reading, is a powerful predictor of life success by any measure. It is not only the best predictor of who goes to university – regardless of socioeconomic background and parental education – it is the best predictor of life income, career options,... Read more »
This American website seeks to build capable readers by promoting independent, self-selected reading remains key and recognizes that it takes a schoolwide culture to help reach that goal. This page lists 25 valuable tips and ideas to help your school or district create a schoolwide reading culture that supports independent reading.
These websites offer substantial resources, including conference proceedings and original research. International Board on Books for Young People Congress Speeches and Programmes, 1994 to the present. Information about reading and young people, effective reading programs. International Federation of Library Associations Conference Proceedings, 1994 to the present Booktrust —a UK reading and writing charity that “changes... Read more »
This UK study analyzed 6000 young people as part of a 1970 British Cohort Study. The researchers found a direct correlation between reading for pleasure and better progress in “math, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16.” Researchers also found that reading for pleasure is more important for “children’s cognitive development between... Read more »
The Function of Fiction is the Abstraction and Simulation of Social Experience by Raymond Mar and Keith Oatley argues that fiction simulates social interactions by presenting abstracted representations of the social world and other people. Fiction provides a model of the real world through which readers can understand the minds of fictional characters and comprehend... Read more »
Exploring the link between reading fiction and empathy: Ruling out individual differences and examining outcomes, a study by Raymond Mar, Keith Oatley and Jordan Peterson, explores the notion that reading fiction positively impacts the trait of empathy in individuals. The research suggests that exposure to fiction and feelings of social support are positively correlated. We... Read more »