Reading for Pleasure: What next?

A one day research symposium UKLA, BERA and OU

The symposium seeks to enable information sharing in order to advance understanding of the concept of reading for pleasure, and to provoke debate about policy, practice and new areas for inquiry.

This is the sixth annual UKLA, BERA and OU research symposium. It draws together significant scholars whose recent research explores the nature of reading for pleasure in different contexts. Chaired by Professor Teresa Cremin (Open University), our speakers include: Professors Gemma Moss (UCL), Cathy Burnett and Guy Merchant (Sheffield Hallam University), and Dr Rachael Levy (University of Sheffield). 

The day also involves a panel which will explore recent research undertaken/funded by key UK literacy organizations, including: Beanstalk, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, Just Imagine and Empathy Lab. Additionally a series of short fuse presentations will enable delegates to keep up to date with others’ research and development work, including investigations into struggling boy readers and pedagogies of poverty, adolescent readers in Turkey, children’s reading/literate identities, communities of readers, The Reading Outcomes Framework, Print Matters, Segmentation Research, and Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils.

The symposium seeks to enable information sharing in order to advance understanding of the concept of reading for pleasure, and to provoke debate about policy, practice and new areas for inquiry.

Programme:

09.30 Coffee and registration
10.15 Welcome and introduction
Tracey Parvin UKLA President; Janet Soler, BERA; Teresa Cremin, Open University
10.30 Affective encounters: enchantment and the possibility of reading for pleasure
Cathy Burnett and Guy Merchant Sheffield Hallam University
11.10 Understanding the barriers and motivations to shared reading in families
Rachael Levy, University of Sheffield
11.40 Reading the runes: Short fuse presentations
Amelia Hempel Jorgensen (OU), Natasha Armstrong (BookTrust); Osman Coban (Glasgow University); Ali Mawle (Cheltenham Festivals); Lucy Taylor (University of Leeds); Alison David (Egmont); Sue Wilkinson (Reading Agency) and Teresa Cremin (OU)
12.30 Lunch
13.15 Reading for pleasure and reading attainment: exploring the research evidence with gender and literacy in mind
Gemma Moss
13.45 Charities and their reading research: a panel discussion
Ginny Lunn (Beanstalk); Louise Johns Shepherd (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education); Miranda McKearney (Empathy Lab) and Nikki Gamble (Just Imagine)
14.30 Exploring the reading engagement agenda in small groups
15.30 Plenary and question time
16.00 Close of meeting

This is a joint meeting with UKLA so all BERA Members will qualify for the Members rate.

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