BOOK LEARN­ING

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

THE dra­matic de­cline in the lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy stan­dards of Aus­tralian chil­dren is noth­ing short of alarm­ing, but it co­in­cides with the demise of the role of the qual­i­fied teacher­li­brar­ian in schools.

Re­search find­ings con­sis­tently il­lus­trate the pos­i­tive ef­fect of li­brary ser­vices and en­vi­ron­ments on stu­dent lit­er­acy and learn­ing out­comes, de­spite so­cioe­co­nomic fac­tors.

They re­veal im­proved read­ing test scores, higher aca­demic achieve­ment and more pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes to­wards learn­ing. So why are schools dis­patch­ing these valu­able ed­u­ca­tors at such a dis­turb­ing rate? Jen­nifer King, Queens­land School Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion

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