Research into reading, the promotion of reading and literature education

Promoting reading

Encouraging children and adults to read, so that they come to regard reading as a pleasant and meaningful (leisure) activity.

Reading Aloud

Children’s language proficiency, their socio-emotional, cognitive and creative development, and their school careers benefit from reading aloud.

Free-time reading

Anyone who reads often becomes more proficient in reading and will consequently read more often. This upward spiral of causality applies to reading during free time, but also to ‘free-reading’ programmes at schools and ‘summer-reading’ programmes during holidays.

Reading education by parents

Children of parents who read often, read aloud and have a full bookcase on offer, read more often from paper and online. Their motivation to read is also greater. 

Reading education

For reading comprehension, good instruction, motivating texts and an expert competent teacher are crucial. Teachers stimulate pupils' motivation to read by means of lesson formats that reinforce their relationship with and the autonomy and competence of pupils.

Library influence

Children who regularly visit the library have a more positive attitude towards reading. A library at school stimulates reading proficiency and pleasure in reading.

Nature and nurture

Both the genetic aptitude and the environment have an effect on the reading development of children. A stimulating reading environment ensures that the genetic aptitude develops to its full potential.

Boys and girls

Research shows that, in order to encourage boys to read, fathers can often serve as a role model, the books that are on offer can be personalised and gender stereotypes can be changed.