Research

Demystifying the Reluctant Reader (2007)

Added 17 Dec 2007

Read about what reluctant readers think about reading and how it relates to their reading behaviour.

The findings are based on a 2007 National Literacy Trust survey of 29 primary and secondary schools in England, which included some questions around the reader self-concept.

What does it mean to be a reader? What are the characteristics typically assigned to readers and what materials does a reader enjoy? And how do readers and non-readers differ in their perception of these?

The analyses in this paper are based on 1,143 pupils who defined themselves as ‘readers’ and 471 pupils who defined themselves as ‘non-readers’ and explores the consequence in terms of attitudes towards reading and reading behaviour.