margaret merga

Reading with older children boosts literacy

August 28th, 2017

Children’s literacy expert Dr Margaret Merga from Murdoch University surveyed 997 students in Years 4 to 6 at 24 schools in Western Australia and found almost 60 per cent of parents had stopped reading aloud to their children.

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

March 10th, 2017

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.

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Research reveals print text remain top shelf selection for Aussie teens

November 30th, 2016

News research finds teens prefer reading old fashioned print rather than digital devices.

The joint research from Deakin and Murdoch Universities has shown adolescents prefer old fashioned print when reading for pleasure.

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Research to reveal whether reading aloud is key to early literacy

August 24th, 2016

Study investigates the importance of reading aloud to children.

The importance of reading aloud to primary school aged children is the focus of a new study underway at Murdoch University.

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Study to investigate ways to children to keep reading for fun

November 17th, 2015

A major research study at Murdoch University will investigate the reasons why nearly 40 per cent of children stop reading for recreation and identify ways that parents and teachers can help.

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Opinion: Devices in schools and at home means too much screen time for kids

August 17th, 2015

Dr Margaret Merga

In an article for The Conversation, School of Education academic Dr Margaret Merga asks whether guidelines for device screen time need to be adjusted for school children.

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Opinion: How to get teenagers to read

June 22nd, 2015

Dr Margaret Merga

In an article for the Conversation, Margaret Merga from the School of Education discusses why and how teachers and parents should nurture a lifelong love of reading in their children.

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