Teaching reading in Europe
Contexts, policies and practices
For the first time, a pan-European study offers a comprehensive picture of reading literacy and identifies some of the key factors impacting on the acquisition of reading skills for 3-15 year olds. It addresses four key topics: teaching approaches, tackling reading difficulties, teacher education and the promotion of reading outside school. It investigates each key topic in the light of the results of academic research, the latest results of international surveys and an in-depth review of national policies, programmes and best practices. The study was produced for the Commission by the... Eurydice network and covers 31 countries (all EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey). The study reveals that while most European countries now have appropriate policies for promoting literacy, there is often a lack of focus on the groups most at risk for reading difficulties, such as boys, children from disadvantaged households and migrant children. The report also says that only in a few countries there are reading specialists at schools to support teachers and pupils. In 2009, approximately one out of five 15-year olds in the European Union had reading difficulties. EU countries have therefore agreed to reduce the share of poor readers to less than 15 % by 2020. In only Belgium (Flemish Community), Denmark, Estonia, Poland, Finland and Norway was the number of low achievers 15 % or less.
- Corporate author(s): Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency , Eurydice Themes: Teaching
- Subject: comparative analysis, elimination of illiteracy, learning technique, teacher training, teaching, teaching curriculum, teaching materials