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The “Decline” of Reading in America, Poverty and Access to Books, and the use of Comics in Encouraging Reading


by Stephen Krashen — February 14, 2005

There is no evidence for an obvious decline in reading in the US: Our "reading problem" is a lack of access to books for children in poverty. But for those children who have access to books and are still reluctant readers, comic books appear to be a good way of encouraing and improving reading.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 14, 2005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11740, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 5:55:36 AM

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  • Stephen Krashen
    University of Southern California
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    STEVEN KRASHEN is Professor Emeritus in the USC Department of Education, Learning & Instruction. Dr. Krashen specializes in theories of language acquisition and development. His recent research has focused on reading and its effect on language acquisition and success. He has published hundreds of books and articles, including The Power of Reading (Libraries Unlimited, 1993).
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