No real change in the reading performance in Britain for the last 60 years.
Why should there be a change. There has been free universal access to education in Britain since 1944. Changes in teaching method or style does really seem to have any effect.
All the ideas that have developed from the work I and others have been doing, supports the idea that your reading performance is a function of visual biology, need for glasses, retinal design/physiology, font size, available working memory and the ‘nature of the language’.
- Your reading speed.
- Your reading stamina.
- Your ability to understand what you have read in the context of your previous reading..and hence your enjoyment.
These all combine to control your ‘total reading experience and hence your ‘literacy’.
Read the rest of the posts in my blog, going back over the last year.
Only if we change the way we present text can we get more people to higher levels of literacy
Ours is probably the most opaque language. Tough.
The USA has at least simplified some of the spellings!
Finland has the simplest language to read /write. That is why it is at the top.