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A study on Leisure reading habits and interests among secondary school students in Sri Lanka

P.H.A.S ABEYRATHNA

FACULTY OF COMPUTER SCIEINLE ANL iNi OKMATION TECHNOLOci
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UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA

KUALA LUMPUR 2004
P serpu takaan Uniyersi t Mal aya

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ABSTRACT This is an exploratory study of the leisure reading habits and interests among secondary school students and their use of the school library facilities. Using simple random sampling, three hundred male and female students were selected from ten secondary schools. The survey instrument was designed in the form of a structured questionnaire comprising a series of sequenced questions. The findings highlighted some of the factors related to reading habits and interests in Sri Lanka. It is also hoped that this study will stimulate further in depth studies which may help to improve the reading habits and interests and to increase the value of school library and reading materials in general to students in secondary schools in Sri Lanka. The findings showed that the students read regularly outside school hours, but their reading appears to be confined mainly to text books. They preferred to read nonfiction over fiction material. Reading, therefore, was undertaken mainly for acquiring knowledge or for study purpose. Consequently they used the library mainly to study rather than read for leisure. Most have positive attitude towards the library but did not use the tools the library offered and expressed dissatisfaction with their library's collection. The results of this survey indicate several problems which need to be solved if the habit of reading is to extend beyond "reading to learn". Students also need to be made aware of the importance of the school library resources in their education and in leisure time. Library instructions need to be enforced to enable students to become more familiar with library utilization techniques so that the library resources could be more fully utilized for their own benefits.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Page

LIST OF TABLES LIST OF FIGURES

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I CR ONE : INTRODUCTION
1.1 Overview of Reading 1.2 Importance of Reading 1.3 Reading and Literacy 1.4 Opportunities for Reading 1.4.1 Feelings and Attitude towards Reading 1.4.2 The School Library 1.5 Problem Statements 1.6 Objectives of the Study 1.7 Research Questions 1,8 Significance of the Study 1.9 Limitation of the Study 1.10 Summary 8 9 9 10 11 11 1 2 4 6

CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW
2.1 Introduction

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2.2 Leisure Reading Habits and Interests 2.3 Home Environment and Leisure Reading

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2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8

Gender Differences Attitude and Motivation towards Reading Teachers Role in Leisure Reading School Libraries and Leisure Reading Summary

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-lui3TER THREE: METHODOLOGY
3.1 Introduction 3.1.1 Home and Leisure Reading 3.1.2 School Library Use and Awareness and its Relation to Leisure Reading 3.1.3 Attitude and Values towards Reading 3.1.4 Personal Demographic Variables 3.1.5 Reading Interest and Habit Variables 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Research Design Population and Sample Survey Instrument Administration of the Questionnaire Data Analysis Summary 32 32 34 35 36 36 38 39 39 43 44 44

CHAPTER FOUR: ANALYSIS OF DA-i A
4.1 4.2 introduction Description of the Sample 4.2.1 4.2.2 4.3.3 Gender and Academic Streams Educational Background of Parents Parental Occupation 45 45 45 46 46

4.3 Habit of Reading 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.3.3 4.4.4 Time Spent on Reading Source of Reading Materials Habit of Reading Non-book Materials Purpose and Attitudes for Reading

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4.4 Reading Interests 4.4.1 4.4.2 4.4.3 4.4.4 Book Reading Type of Stories Read Interests in Reading Magazine Preference for Various Types of News

4.5 Usage of School Library 4.5.1 4.5.2 4.5.3 4.5.4 4.6 Summary Arrangement of the Library Visit to the School Library Library Visit and Borrowing Materials...
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