Title

Parental support of reading at home in Australia and Japan: Benefits, barriers and culture

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

The Bloomsbury Handbook on Reading Perspectives and Practices

Publisher

Bloomsbury Academic

School

School of Education

RAS ID

32351

Comments

Merga, M. K., & Mason, S. (2020). Parental support of reading at home in Australia and Japan: Benefits, barriers and culture. In B. Marshall, J. Manuel, D. L. Pasternak & J. Rowsesll (Eds.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Reading Perspectives and Practices (pp. 131-144). Bloomsbury Academic. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350137592.ch-010

Abstract

Margaret K. Merga Shannon Mason Well-developed literacy skills are increasingly essential in this era of speedy online communication and rapid knowledge exchanges that are often facilitated through the written word. We have long been aware of the link between literacy skills and individual achievement of academic, vocational and social goals, with literacy skills associated with greater opportunities for individuals. This link deserves close attention, with literacy skill development and maintenance situated as essential for functional participation in society (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013; Merga, 2019a) . We are also increasingly cognizant of the link between the literacy level in a population and its societal wellbeing and prosperity (Keslair, 2017) . When Australian educators and policymakers seek to improve the performance of Australian school students to enhance the potential of our citizens and our nation, we may look to nations that currently outperform us on international benchmarks of literacy.

DOI

10.5040/9781350137592.ch-010

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