Exploring the literacy related behaviours and feelings of pupils eligible for free school meals in relation to their use of, and access to, school libraries

Wood, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1492-6501, Clark, C., Teravainen-Goff, A., Rudkin, G. and Vardy, E., 2020. Exploring the literacy related behaviours and feelings of pupils eligible for free school meals in relation to their use of, and access to, school libraries. School Library Research, 23. ISSN 1523-4320

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Abstract

Although it has been argued that school libraries are important for supporting the reading engagement of pupils who receive free school meals, to date there has been little analysis of the extent to which use of school library spaces is related to these pupils' reading behaviors. We analyzed data from 6,264 UK children and young people entitled to FSM who completed the 2019 National Literacy Trust Annual Literacy Survey, to understand the extent to which these pupils' engagement with reading and writing is related to access to or use of their school library. We found their enjoyment of both reading and writing, their confidence in their own abilities, and the frequency with which they read or wrote for pleasure outside of school was significantly higher for those pupils eligible for FSM who used their school libraries relative to both those who did not, and those who had no school library. Consistent with this, children eligible for FSM who used their school library engaged with a greater diversity of reading material and writing than those who were not school library users. We argue that school library provision appears to be a significant resource in supporting low income children's engagement with self-motivated literacy practices.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: School Library Research
Creators: Wood, C., Clark, C., Teravainen-Goff, A., Rudkin, G. and Vardy, E.
Publisher: American Library Association
Date: 10 August 2020
Volume: 23
ISSN: 1523-4320
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 08 Jul 2020 09:30
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2020 08:03
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40185

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