• Parents Who Own Bookshelves Raise Kids Who Do Better in School

    by  • June 13, 2013 • Books • 3 Comments

    Tome ReaderOver on Core77, Rain Noe discusses a sweeping international study by a team of Stanford and University of Munich researchers, who looked at all sorts of questions about how economics, school conditions, and parents end up affecting education. But one of the most interesting tidbits concerned the fact that a child’s achievements at school are correlated to whether his or her parents own a very simple object.

    That object? A bookshelf. Two, actually. According to the study’s authors, the educational achievements of British children whose parents owned two bookcases differed from children whose parents didn’t by 1.15 standard deviations. In plain language, that’s three times the amount of what the average kid learns during a year of school.

    Read the full article @ Gizmodo.com.

    About

    Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

    http://www.travelinlibrarian.info/

    3 Responses to Parents Who Own Bookshelves Raise Kids Who Do Better in School

    1. Barbara
      June 15, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Did they have to have books on them? I read but my bookshelf has become virtual…which my husband loves.

    2. June 15, 2013 at 10:57 am

      That’s a great question which I don’t think they considered. However, my gut reaction would be to say no, since the children won’t see that you have books. I think the visual nature of seeing that they’re available might have something to do with it.

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