n Mousaion - Raising readers

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



In this dynamic age of the twenty-first century, raising children who will love reading is a huge challenge. While the world of technology has brought great advantages for society, it has eroded much of what was built up over the past generations. Arguably, it is the world of books and reading that has experienced the most erosion. Over the decades, the impact of television, computers and video games on children has been well researched and documented. But are there other factors that are insidiously contributing to the demise of a reading culture?

In this article, the concept of emergent literacy and its implications for reading will be explored. The impact of television and computers on the literacy rate will also be discussed. Furthermore, the impact of the typical harried modern lifestyle on reading will be examined. Alternative views on how children develop reading skills and the accompanying role of adults in this process will also be explored.

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