Research

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Reading Intervention in Changing Children's Environmental Knowledge and Behavior

Through reading aloud of our books in our libraries we have been able to change the behavior of children towards the environment.Children attending the read aloud sessions exhibit positive attitudes towards energy conservation, water conservation and antilittering. We have proven that We Love Reading is much more cost effective, sustainable and grassroots in raising awareness towards the environment than other traditional methods such as TV ads and billboards.

 

The Impact of the We Love Reading Model on the Psychosocial Wellbeing of Children in Za’atari Camp

The We Love Reading program was introduced in Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees in a pilot project in the period from May-August, 2014. A Psychosocial study designed by Department of Anthropology at Yale University was conducted on the storytellers and children who attended the read aloud sessions at Za’atari. The results have shown that children in Za’atari have scored results in the test of resilience that are close to the results shown by applying the same test on children in the US. Reading for children in Za’atari has made them eager to go back to school (there is a high rate of school dropouts in Za’atari for many reasons), they got to love reading and they learned to think for themselves. More about the results of this study can be found in attached document.Read more.

 

Reading and Empathy

Taghyeer Organization\ We Love Reading initiative has received a grant from Fetzer Institute, which is an American institute that conducts research on love, empathy and acceptance of others, to conduct a research on the effect of reading fiction on increasing empathy in children. This study, which is organized by Department of Psychology\ University of Chicago, will gauge the level of empathy in children before being read to specifically chosen books and after reading them through pre and post surveys designed by specialized psychologists.The study will also compare the level of empathy between children who have been read to and children who haven’t been read to.

Reading and Empathy research results are out!
Research shows that reading fiction affects empathy positively. This year We Love Reading has conducted research that was designed by the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago to assess the We Love Reading model’s ability to increase empathy in children. Study has shown positive results

The empathic intervention specifically raised children’s generosity by nearly 100%, as well as increasing the amount of empathic concern they felt for another child. Importantly, the intervention did not affect what we call “emotional empathy” or sensitivity for pain. These changes were not present in the control group.

Altogether, these results show that the emotional reading intervention causes an increase in empathic concern for another as well as greater prosocial behavior. Read more.