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PISA Study: Digital readers at the age of 15

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Started by Enabling e-Learning 25 Jul 2011 12:36pm () Replies (3)

Just released are the findings from a 200 PISA (Programme for International Student A... which included a digital component to recognise the increasing “relevance of electronic text and ... its importance as a feature of reading.”

Key findings included:

"The New Zealand average was:

  • significantly higher than the OECD average of 499
  • significantly higher than the average score for students in 16 countries or economies
  • the same as the average score for students in Australia
  • significantly lower than the average score for students in Korea.

The proportion of students with access to the internet at home saw an even bigger increase between 2000 and 2009. The digital reading achievement for those students with access to the internet at home was significantly higher than those without.

When students were asked about how often they were online at home, the findings showed that:

  • browsing the internet for fun (79% reported doing this at least once a week),
  • using email (71%),
  • chatting online (63%), and
  • downloading music, films, games or software from the internet (60%).
  • Fewer 45% of New Zealand students regularly played one-player games; played collaborative online games; published and maintained a personal website, weblog or blog; and participated in online forums, virtual communities or spaces."

So, now what? Even if this data is a couple of years old, what does this mean for teachers and parents?

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