Family Reading in Children Literacy Skills Formation

Elena Shastina, Olga Vasilyevna Shatunova, Galina Bozhkova, Anton Bykov, Liudmila Trofimova


At present, the decline in the youth environment's interest in reading is becoming a global social issue, since reading is one of the key tools for obtaining information. The student environment is of greatest concern, because it is precisely in student years that personal enhancement takes place, and the general cultural, informational, reading and communicative competences of a person are formed. These competences, including the ability to solve intellectual problems and problems in writing, the abilityф to work with a variety of texts in different languages, are necessary for contemporary people both in professional activities and in their private life. In this regard, the issue of family reading is acute, as reading skills are laid in preschool age. So, the purpose of our research is to identify the reasons for the decline in   reading's interest, as well as to determine the conditions ensuring a positive dynamics in this area. The article presents the results of the survey of 284 schoolchildren and students - future teachers aged 16 to 23 years. It is revealed that 76.8% of respondents consider the preserving the family reading traditions in children's upbringing to be an actual problem which speaks about the need of activity among the youth to increase motivation for family reading. Only about half of the respondents were able to give concrete recommendations for literary works for joint reading by all members of the family. On the one hand, this suggests that universities need systematic educational work among students to increase motivation for reading in general, and to family reading in particular. On the other hand, this problem concerns the entire society as well.

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