“In a recent study, researchers at Texas’ Southern Methodist University analyzed how students are engaging with eBooks at school.
Using eReaders helps young readers develop healthy reading habits, say researchers at Texas’ Southern Methodist University. According to the study “Reluctant Readers in Middle School: Successful Engagement with Text Using the E-Reader,” published in the International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, middle school boys rated reading more valuable as an activity after two months of using the Kindle.
“It’s inevitable that eReader technology will enter school classrooms,” say the researchers. “Our study presents reasons eReaders may be beneficial, in particular, to reluctant readers in middle grades.””
Middle school boys who are reluctant readers value reading more after using e-readers
1. Study finds e-readers have opposite effect on middle school girls who struggle with reading
2. Middle schoolers read less than younger students; “boring way to spend time”
3. Access to Internet a challenge; boosts need for teacher monitoring
4. Technology motivated boys; girls appear to prefer actual books