How many books do you have in your home? A new PIAAC study suggests it makes a difference on how well children will do as adults.
Submitted by David J. Rosen on October 16, 2018 - 11:30am
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Hello reading, writing, numeracy and technology colleagues,
A new PIAAC international study suggests that the number of books in the house may have advantageous affects for children -- throughout their lives -- in three areas: adult literacy, adult numeracy, and adult problem solving in a technology rich environment.
If you are teaching adults now, consider asking your students, especially those with children, to count or estimate how many books they have at home. Make clear that they don't have to disclose this information, but that it will be helpful when they read an article you assign, read to them, or summarize. Then share this article and have a discussion about why your students think this could make a difference, if having a large number of books is a cause in itself or just associated with another cause, for example, that more educated parents may also have more books at home. Ask if they think borrowing books from a public library might have the same effect as owning lots of books; or if e-books, for example free books from a public library or from Project Gutenberg, might have the same result.
If you try these activities, let us know what you -- and your students -- learn.
David J. Rosen, Moderator
LINCS CoP Integrating Technology CoP