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Study: Large Print Books Boost Comprehension Skills

Teachers are increasingly adding more online learning tools into their classrooms in an effort to increase student engagement, but a new study finds that students get the most benefit from reading large print books. Sixty-one percent of “striving readers” enjoy reading large print books and 63 percent of those readers believe that those books improved their comprehension skills.

Project Tomorrow

This research comes out of a report produced by Project Tomorrow on behalf of Gale’s Thorndike Press.  The study surveyed nearly 1,700 students in grades 3-12 and 56 teachers and librarians across 15 U.S. elementary, middle and high schools.

“Findings from this study reveal improved self-efficacy around reading, changed reading habits and new outcomes from the experience of reading large print,” said Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans, who led the research project.

Key Findings

  • 61% of elementary school students said they remembered characters and plots better when reading large print books.
  • 48% of high school students said they read more outside of school after experiencing large print books.
  • Middle school students reported a 43% reduction in feelings of anxiety about reading when using the large print format.
  • 67% of teachers noted that large print text reduced stress and anxiety in students reading below grade level and at grade level.
  • 80% teachers said large print would benefit their students who have trouble tracking when reading or lack self-confidence in their reading abilities.
  • 95% of teachers said they’re likely to use large print in the upcoming school year with their students.
  • 75% of teachers said that large print books are now an integral part of their classroom collections.

The full copy of the study is available with registration on Gale’s website.

Excerpted from “Study: Large Print Books Boost Comprehension Skills” in T|H|E Journal. Read the full article.

Source: T|H|E Journal | Study: Large Print Books Boost Comprehension Skills, https://thejournal.com/articles/2019/09/12/study-large-print-books-boost-comprehension-skills.aspx | © 1994-2019 1105 Media Inc, Ed-Tech Group

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