Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/23172
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Summer reading loss
Reading habits
COVID-19
Reading enjoyment
Bilingualism
Issue Date: 
2021
Citation: 
Sun, B., Loh, C. E., O'Brien, B. A., & Silver, R. E. (2021). The effect of the COVID-19 lockdown on bilingual Singaporean children's leisure reading. AERA Open, 7(1), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1177/23328584211033871
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AERA Open
Dataset: 
https://doi.org/10.25340/R4/WA4N4S
Abstract: 
Long-term school absences during pandemic lockdowns may result in learning gains and losses much like the summer reading loss, but little is known about the actual effects of such lockdowns. This mixed-methods study examined changes in reading enjoyment, amount and resources in three groups of bilingual children—English-Chinese, English-Malay, and English-Tamil speaking children—during the COVID-19 lockdown in Singapore. Results reveal a lockdown reading gap between children’s stronger language (English) and weaker language (Chinese/Malay/Tamil). Within each language, results show differential reading gains and losses for children who enjoyed and did not enjoy reading in print and digital formats. Children’s reading enjoyment before the lockdown, changes in reading enjoyment and print reading amount during the lockdown in English and Chinese/Malay were significantly correlated. Children preferred print reading over reading digitally both before and during the lockdown, and devices were underutilized for reading purposes.
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ISSN: 
2332-8584 (print)
2332-8584 (online)
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Project number: 
OER 03/19 SBQ
Funding Agency: 
Ministry of Education, Singapore
File Permission: 
Open
File Availability: 
With file
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