Opinion: Are children more likely to read books on paper or screens?

March 10, 2017

Dr Merga is investigating whether children prefer to read on screens.

A new study has debunked the popular assumption that children prefer to read on screens, showing that paper books have an important role to play in nurturing early literacy.

In a co-authored article for The Conversation, Murdoch University education researcher Dr Margaret Merga discussed the findings of the 2016 Western Australian Study into Children’s Book Reading.

“We investigated whether children with regular access to devices with eReading capability (i.e. eReaders, iPads and mobile phones) used their devices for book reading.

“We found that children under-utilise devices for book reading for pleasure, even when they are daily book readers.

“We also found that children with access to mobile phones read less in general, contributing to the debate about when to equip young children with these devices.”

The full article can be read here.

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