Why Don't Our Students Read?

Neilsen, Philip M. & Brien, Donna L. (2001) Why Don't Our Students Read? TEXT: journal of writing and writing courses, 5(1).


As teachers of creative writing, it has become increasingly apparent to us, from classroom experience, anecdotal evidence, and from a review of previous research into reading habits, that the proportion of our students who are 'readers' is disconcertingly low. This paper will present a work-in-progress comment from an on-going study of the attitudes of creative writing students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Both print and electronic material is taken into account when assessing fiction, nonfiction and literary reading habits. We also address student attitudes to reading, writing and other literary/cultural activities, and include results of a survey carried out this year, as well as strategies the Creative Writing Section at QUT is utilising to encourage reading among its students.

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ID Code: 9274
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: p.neilsen@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Reading, creative writing, education
ISSN: 1327-9556
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Philip Neilsen & Donna Brien
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:43

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