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How We Read NowStrategic Choices for Print, Screen, and Audio$
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Naomi S. Baron

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780190084097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190084097.001.0001

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Print Reading: A Gold Standard?

Print Reading: A Gold Standard?

(p.40) Chapter 3 Print Reading: A Gold Standard?
How We Read Now

Naomi S. Baron

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 looks at how much reading adolescents and young adults are now doing. Their amount of leisure reading is startlingly low. The picture is equally worrisome for completing school reading assignments. After reviewing previous studies of college reading compliance, the chapter presents a study conducted by the author and a Norwegian colleague exploring faculty perspectives on student reading: how much faculty are assigning, how much reading they believe students are doing, and perceived effects of digital technology on both. It’s common to assume print as a “gold standard” against which to measure digital reading. But in reality, most readers most of the time don’t measure up when using print. The chapter concludes by considering a range of traditional strategies for reading print in learning contexts and asks which strategies might apply to digital or audio reading, and which are actually effective for print.

Keywords:   digital technology, gold standard, leisure reading, reading assignments, reading compliance, reading strategies, reading statistics, U.S.–Norway study

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