PART 3: CHILDREN'S OUTCOMES - SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOURAL
Reading as a Leisure Activity
Engagement in reading as a hobby bestows a range of benefits on children and adolescents.39
The percentage of children aged 15 who report that reading is one of their favourite hobbies.
- In 2006, 42.6% of children aged 15 reported reading as one of their favourite hobbies (see Table 62). This is higher than in 2000, when 35.7% reported reading as one of their favourite hobbies.
Table 62: Percentage of children aged 15 who report that reading is one of their favourite hobbies, by gender and social class (2000 and 2006)
Source: PISA Survey
Differences by gender and social class
- In 2006, the percentage of children who reported reading as one of their favourite hobbies was higher among girls and among children from higher social classes (see Table 62):
- 52% of girls reported this, compared to 32.7% of boys
- 50% of children from the highest social class category reported this, compared to 41.8% and 36.5% of children from the medium and lowest social classes respectively.
- A larger percentage of boys in 2006 (32.7%) than in 2000 (22.9%) reported reading as one of their favourite hobbies and a marginally larger percentage of girls - 52% in 2006 and 48.2% in 2000.
These data are drawn from the PISA surveys of 2000 and 2006. All data presented are drawn from self-report, self-completion questionnaires completed by children in schools. Thus, they may be subject to bias in relation to self-presentation and memory. These measures may suffer from social desirability bias.
This item was only asked in Ireland for the PISA Survey in 2006 and accordingly there are no international data.