Declining trends in reading attitudes: were students prepared for literacy at home in the pandemic?

This World Literacy Day on 8 September 2020, we reflect on some of the PIRLS literacy study data in the context of the pandemic, finding:

  • An overall decline in students’ and parents’ reading attitudes in countries participating in all PIRLS cycles from 2001 to 2016
  • On average, 62% of school principals’ reported they do not provide access to digital books in the 2016 study
  • 36% of parents on average said there was not a device at home for their children to read eBooks in the 2016 study

These figures highlight some possible complexities in transitioning to teaching literacy at home and further questions are raised on how these figures may have changed during the pandemic which are important for the next PIRLS cycle in 2021.

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Posted: 08.09.2020