Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ireland’s teens better at online reading than print

Rosemary O'Grady

Ireland's 15-year olds are much more literate than a recent study had suggested, it emerged today.

A new OECD study on digital literacy - how our 15-year olds deal with on-line reading - showed much better results than a survey last year which dealt only with how they responded to traditional printed text.

As Ireland dropped from fifth position ten years ago to seventeenth in December 2010 the results were greeted with controversy and questions were asked as to how this decline had come about.

The most recent results find the Irish 15-year-olds coming sixth out of 16 countries measured, significantly above average and at odds with the 2010 study.

Academics said that today’s more positive findings give grounds for optimism.

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