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


Here’s what a new British study says:

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.

I’m adding this info to My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

Thanks to Chad Ratliff for the tip.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Thanks for finding this story – very interesting – and certainly something I’ll tell my students.

  2. Dear Sir,am writing a project work on the topic ‘ THE ROLE OF EXTENSIVE READING ON THE LITERACY DEVELOPMENT. Your topic of study is fascinating. Will glad to have any advice from you. Thanks.

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