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Oxford Study: Reading Books Is Only Out-Of-School Activity That Helps Students Get Better Job Later

“Reading books is the only out-of-school activity for 16-year-olds that is linked to getting a managerial or professional job in later life, says an Oxford study.

Researcher Mark Taylor, from the Department of Sociology, analysed 17,200 questionnaire responses from people born in 1970, which gave details of extra-curricular activities at the age of 16 and their careers at the age of 33. The findings, to be presented at the British Sociological Association today, show that girls who had read books at 16 had a 39 per cent probability of a professional or managerial post at 33, but only a 25 per cent chance if they had not. For boys who read regularly, the figure went up from 48 per cent to 58 per cent.”

Does this really surprise anyone, although, it is nice to have some tangible research to back it up.


Larry ferlazzo has a great list on his blog: My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them

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  • Adrienne

    What makes this surprising is the fact that it is “THE ONLY” common factor among all the young, successful people polled. Not team sports membership, not basket-weaving, just reading, and not just reading well, reading for enjoyment and reading by choice.