Research

Reading Enjoyment, Behaviour and Attitudes in Pupils who use Accelerated Reader (2016)

Added 19 Jul 2017

Pupils who use Accelerated Reader (AR) enjoy reading, read frequently and think more positively about reading than their peers who do not use AR. This is based on findings using cross-sectional and longitudinal data sets. There is also some indication that pupils who do AR for four years have better outcomes in terms of reading enjoyment, reading frequency and reading attitudes than children who do AR for less than four years.

We also find that reading enjoyment is the only variable in a complex interplay of variables that has a strong bi-directional influence, regardless of gender and whether children use AR or not. This not only highlights the importance of reading enjoyment, but also underlines the need to develop effective methods to encourage children and young people to read for enjoyment.