Why is reading essential in achieving success in studies?
“Reading is much more than the decoding of black marks upon a page; it is a quest for meaning and one which requires the reader to be an active participant”.
“The ability to read is the key to educational achievement. Without a basic foundation in literacy, children cannot gain access to a rich and diverse curriculum.”
This portrays the perception that children need a literate foundation, without this, children cannot progress effectively and efficiently and to their full potential.
- What makes a ‘successful reader’?
“Reading is for enjoyment and learning, and independent and successful readers use a range of strategies to understand an author’s message”
Oxford University Press states the purposes for reading, for enjoyment and to support learning. Harvey and Goudvis suggested that children who are successful readers understand which reading strategies to implement to support their learning. In addition to this, one model of the process of reading is the ‘Searchlights’ model, this is portrayed within the National Literacy Strategy Framework for Teaching. Waugh and Jolliffe support this, as the reading strategies that are used, can help with the reading of a text, successful readers use as many of these strategies as they can to improve their understanding and development. Here, Waugh and Jolliffe add additional meaning to Harvey and Goudvis’ statement; children who are successful readers obtain as many strategies as possible and implement these to support them.