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Reading Literacy in Irish Schools

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Reading Literacy in Irish Schools

Irish secondary schools are among the most socially integrated in Europe when it comes to reading literacy, according to a new cross-country comparative study led by a sociologist at Trinity College Dublin.

The study also found that a school’s socio-economic composition has an impact on a child’s individual reading literacy scores even after adjusting for the students’ own family background. This is largely due to classroom discipline, teacher support, and peer academic aspirations. 

The importance of a school’s socio-economic composition for academic performance has long been documented but the exact reasons why children tend to achieve better academic results in schools with more privileged student intake has been poorly understood to date.

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