Reading: The home and family context

Killian Mullan, Galina Daraganova

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Reading is an activity enjoyed by many, and widely held to be an essential component for success in education. Therefore, educators and policy-makers have been keen to promote an appreciation for, and engagement in, reading by children. Reflecting this, the National Year of Reading 2012 seeks to support “... children learning to read and keen readers finding new sources of inspiration.”[endnote 1] Parents, and the family context more generally, are known to play an important role in helping children learn to read and in stimulating a continuing interest in independent reading. This article examines the important relationship between family context and children’s reading in Australia, using the available data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYear Book Australia 2012
Place of PublicationCanberra
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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