Why boys don't like to read: Gender differences in reading achievement (2009)

Lessons in Learning – February 18, 2009

In Canada, standardized assessments reveal a persistent literacy gap between boys and girls, with girls outperforming boys in reading.

The authors point to many factors that contribute to the gender gap in literacy, including test bias; differences in reading attitudes, behaviours and preferences; and limited availability of reading material that appeals to boys.

They urge parents and educators to implement solutions both at home and at school to change boys’ attitudes towards reading. Some of those measures include reading to boys from an early age; exposing them to male reading role models; and providing boys with the books they enjoy.

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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). Why boys don't like to read: Gender differences in reading achievement 2009. Web. 30 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/why_boys/why_boys.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2009). Why boys don't like to read: Gender differences in reading achievement. Retrieved November 30, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/why_boys/why_boys.pdf
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