MIL-OSI Translation: Karliczek / Lorz: “Sensible use of digital media must be standard in schools.”


MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –

Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

04.05.2021Press release: 091/2021

OECD presents a special PISA study on reading skills and reading habits of young people in times of increasing digitization

Today the OECD presented a special evaluation under the title “21st-Century Readers” on reading skills and reading habits of young people in the age of digitization. The study is based on data from the PISA survey in 2018, in which 15-year-olds were tested and interviewed. The Federal Minister for Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, explains: “Reading is the basic skill that everyone needs for a good education . In a democracy in particular, the aim should be to enable the young generation to read texts critically and to be able to recognize the facts in them. In addition to reading skills in the analog age, additional skills must be added in the digital age so that students can also read well digitally. In order to acquire these skills, digital media must be used sensibly for learning purposes. This must become more and more standard in all schools over the next few years, and the infrastructure at our schools must also be further improved. As a federal government, we are now making six and a half billion euros available for this, and in future we will have to take an even stronger two-stage approach to promoting reading: First, the basic ability to read must be strengthened. We already have many programs for this, such as “Reading start 1-2-3”. Second, we need to improve digital reading skills. My ministry has already set a research focus on this. We are currently promoting around 50 projects with “digitization in the education sector”. In the past 14 months we have talked almost exclusively about the pandemic and its consequences, especially in the education sector. There is a fear that it is above all the underperforming young people whose skills, including reading, have now deteriorated further. We are therefore currently launching an action program to catch up after Corona for children and young people with two billion euros. This is how we want to ensure that no one is left behind. ”For the Conference of Ministers of Education, Hesse’s Minister of Education, Prof. Dr. R. Alexander Lorz: “The command of the educational language German is the essential prerequisite for a successful school career and for more equal opportunities in the educational system. As early as 2019, we therefore developed guidelines at the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs under the Hessian presidency on what can be done to support children and young people in language acquisition and to awaken their reading pleasure. This special evaluation of the PISA study shows once again: We cannot start promoting reading early enough – both analog and digital. “Background: The study” 21st-Century Readers “is based on an in-depth analysis of the data from the international educational comparison study PISA 2018 The PISA survey is conducted every three years in the areas of reading, math and science. The focus is alternating on one of the three areas of competence. The third nine-year cycle began with PISA 2018, and reading was the focus area for the third time following the surveys in 2000 and 2009. For PISA 2018, the framework for recording reading competence was revised to take reading in print and digital media into account. New aspects of reading in the digital age were emphasized more strongly. A representative sample of around 5500 15-year-olds in Germany took part in the PISA study. The OECD summarizes the following key aspects of the in-depth evaluation for Germany as follows: In Germany, In Germany, as in many other countries and economies, effective reading strategies for assessing the credibility of sources contribute significantly to a high level of reading competence in 15-year-olds. The differences in reading performance between boys and girls are reflected in the gender differences in knowledge of three reading strategies (understanding and retaining texts; summarizing information; assessing the credibility of Que In 35 countries, there is a negative correlation between student performance in reading skills and the length of time they have been using digital devices for school purposes, particularly in Germany. In Germany, students’ enjoyment of reading decreased significantly between 2009 and 2018. Only two other countries saw similar falls – Finland and Norway. In 2018, Germany was one of the PISA participating countries with the largest gender-specific and socio-economic differences in reading pleasure.


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