The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split had the pleasure of welcoming almost 100 teachers and librarians at the transnational ‘Boys reading’ Conference. The conference took place at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences on 03 June 2016, 09.00-18.00.

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The ‘Boys reading’ final conference aims to introduce educational approaches that respond to the interests, needs, and learning styles of adolescent boys, in attempt to engage adolescent boys and girls equally as readers and writers. The event addresses different groups of stakeholders, while specifically focusing on educators.

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split is holding the formal Call for Papers for the Transnational ‘Boys reading’ Conference to be held 03 June 2016, in Split, Croatia. The conference program will ultimately include a variety of sessions covering topics that include Boys Reading, Educating Young Readers, Overcoming Reading Difficulties – Pedagogical Challenges, and Reading in the Digital Age.


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Teacher training workshops have been organised in the partner countries to work with the Boys Reading Toolkit for the first time in a real-life setting following a general framework: (a) 3 workshops, (b) min. 10 teachers participating, (c) getting to know the background and contents of the toolkit, (d) discussion on learning contents and design, and (e) developing own learning units (min. 3 lessons).

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The Boys Reading Toolkit is the most important output of the project. The purpose of the Boys Reading Toolkit is to guide and support European educators and researchers in promoting boys’ reading while getting better acquainted with the kinds (categories) of books, preferred plot topics (subcategories) and titles of teen and young adult literature for boys aged 11 to 15 as well as suggestions on how to introduce them to formal and informal education settings.

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Reading is one of the basic literacy skills in the 21st century that impacts the personal learning of an individual and the intellectual growth. Many adolescents, especially boys, are characterized as reluctant readers as they move to higher classes in the educational system. These readers may like reading but do not read for many reasons and thus may minimize their academic potential.

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