Boys Reading

The International Educational Project “Boys Reading” is carried out under the EU’s Erasmus + scheme, which main objective is to develop participants’ skills in formal and non-formal education. In the Boys Reading Project, managed by CARDET (Cyprus), partners from Central and Southern European countries are involved – apart from Poland (University of Lodz) these are: Austria, Croatia, Greece, Portugal and Romania. The consortium of the 7 countries implements project’s assumptions in a close cooperation adjusting their actions to the specifics of the country.

Programme: Program Erasmus+
Duration: 01/09/2014 – 31/08/2016
Coordinator:
FFST – Sveuciliste U Splitu, (Croatia)

Consortium:

  • FFST – Sveuciliste U Splitu, Filozofski Fakultet (Croatia)
  • E.N.T.E.R. – Enter-European Network For Transferand Exploitation Of European Project Results (Austria)
  • CARDET – Centre For Advancement Of Research And Development In Educational Technology Ltd-Cardet (Cyprus)
  • IPCB – Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco (Portugal)
  • INNOVADE LI LTD (Cyprus)
  • Ekpaideutiria Douka (Greece)
  • UPIT – Universitatea Din Pitesti (Romania)
Project website: www.boysreading.org

Boys Reading aims to make literacy an integral part of the lives of teenage boys. According to the survey, 11-15 year old boys are reluctant in reading and have worse school results than girls of the same age. The main goal of the project is especially linked to this problem – promoting reading and educating all parties involved by increasing interest in reading among the boys. A very important aspect of Boys Reading is the empirical research. The cooperation between project team members, pupils (mostly 11-15 year old boys), teachers, librarians, parents, booksellers, publishers, etc. let the project diagnose problems with reading practices in the target group and its needs, and – in the second phase of the project – propose a solution.

The final result will be a list of books (reading material – whether in paper or electronic form), described and selected by interviews conducted in schools, particularly with students themselves, who create a control group of referees evaluating proposals implemented in the project. These should be of interest to boys, and also serve as educational tools that can assist in the teaching process. Additionally a blended training for teachers and an interactive portal with resources and material in all partner languages will be elaborated.

The cooperation with other institutions and the focus on the real needs of teenage boys – examined through interviews, analysis of the publishing market, evaluation of existing teaching programs and school readings canon, as well as marketing strategies – make Boys Reading the project of a wide range and long-term effects. Creating attractive promotional materials, education by motivation and fun, or promoting jointly developed patterns of participation in literary culture is a method of encouraging adolescent boys to develop a new perspective on the role of books and reading in their lives.

Project is managed by Faculty of Philology and International Educational Projects Office.

Contact person: Karolina Tomczyk – karolina.tomczyk@uni.lodz.pl

This project has been funded with the support from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education funds for science for years 2015-2016 allocated to the international co-financed project.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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