Cultivating love for reading: Sites for reading and ways of education
Department of Primary Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
This study aims to record the parameters that contribute to shaping the reading environment in Greece and to investigate the conditions required to reinforce childrens' right to read. The survey considers the publication of books for children and the actions taken by the State, schools, libraries and other agencies to foster reading among children. Regarding the further appraisal of conditions in Greece, actions taken by significant bodies in four European countries in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy are being examined. The potential for mobilising more teachers to reinforce a love of reading as well as listing the conditions that would contribute to creating a more book-friendly school environment were also studied.
The study confirms the lack of a consistent reading policy on the part of the Ministry of Education, but also the strong mobilisation by individuals and organisations in the effort to encourage reading among school children, and the leading role of the educational community in cultivating a love of reading by school children. The investigation of other European countries experience highlighted three basic shortcomings in the reading policies implemented in Greece: i) the lack of a specialised organisation to promote children's books, that would be entrusted with providing further education for teachers and librarians and with circulating bibliographical guides; it would also serve as a central reference link for organisations and individuals interested in disseminating children's books; ii) the absence of any policy for developing and operating libraries, which would contribute decisively to overcome socio-economic and cultural boundaries and would eventually increase the number of children that read for pleasure, and iii) the non-existence of any reading policy for infants and toddlers.
This research conducted to the permanent faculty of university Pedagogy Departments has highlighted the need to adopt a rudimentary common literature curriculum that would include reading practices and ensure equality of opportunities together with an adequate context for training all future teachers on questions related to the love of reading.
Final report (in Greek)
Anta Katsiki-Givalou, Professor, Department of Primary Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Dimitris Politis, Lecturer, Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education, University of Patras
Ava Chalkiadaki, Researcher, Laboratory of Art and Literature, Department of Primary Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Fani Tsiampasi, Teacher, Doctoral Student, Department of Primary Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens