Dr Loh Chin Ee and Dr Sun Baoqi Publish in the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Dr Loh Chin Ee Dr Sun Baoqi
Dr Loh Chin Ee, Assistant Professor at NIE’s English Language and Literature Academic Group and Dr Sun Baoqi, Research Scientist at Office of Education Research (OER) published a feature article titled ““I'd Still Prefer to Read the Hard Copy”: Adolescents’ Print and Digital Reading Habits” in the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.
Based on an OER-funded project “Building a Reading Culture”, Dr Loh and Dr Sun concluded that the approach to reading print and using technology to read should not be framed as an either/or stance. Rather, educators need to understand reading as an activity that can be situated in both physical and online spaces, using both print and digital resources. Hence, it translates to the following proposed actions for educators:
- Students still want print, especially younger adolescents. Focus on stocking the classroom and school libraries with attractive and up‐to‐date fiction and nonfiction print books to support reading motivation and interest.
- Students who enjoy reading and those who do not may be differently motivated. Consider using different reading devices to motivate different kinds of readers.
- Use technology to engage students in social activities around books. Set up Instagram or Twitter accounts to promote books.
- Rethink the school library's physical and online ecology of reading as a seamless whole. Consider how to motivate students’ reading and support their reading habits through both print and digital technologies.