Listening is not the same as reading.
June 21, 2012 3:42 PM Subscribe
Should I strongly encourage my 12-year-old daughter to read a book that she needs to have completed before the start of the next school year, or since she'll be on a lot of buses travelling with a lot of time on her hands this summer, let her listen to the audiobook? Some other details inside...
posted by teg4rvn to education (47 answers total)
My daughter excels in school except for reading. She doesn't like to do it, and avoids it any way she can. She's a straight A student regardless, but on standardized testing she's only middling when it comes to reading. She's going to have a lot of time in moving vehicles this summer and she gets nauseous reading while moving, as do I. Nevertheless, she could easily finish the book in her down time when not on a bus or something. So as you can see, I am nagged by the thought that getting the book for her in audiobook format is a copout to be lazy, particularly with her middle of the road reading skills.
I know in the grand scheme of things this won't make a difference in her life. Is there any scholarly research on reading, in particular with young people, that would preclude me from letting her listen to the audiobook now, or selectively in the future?