Effect Of Reading Club On Reading Habits Of Secondary School Students In Nigeria (A Case Study Of Booldoz Book Club)

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Effect Of Reading Club On Reading Habits Of Secondary School Students In Nigeria (A Case Study Of Booldoz Book Club)


Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of the Study

Reading constitutes a channel of deriving meaning from books, prints and documented material and requires that the reader be active participants in reading. According to Fatimayin and Lawal (2010), reading constitutes not only the ability to read English language and literary texts, but also journals, magazines, newspapers, periodicals, etc. Reading provides a wider understanding of subjects, developes ones interest and enhances deeper understanding and a wealth of experiences. According to Potter (2011) reading stimulates people’s imagination and leads to quick learning, wider views, expanded horizons, and deeper knowledge. Further he stated that it enhances good imagination, better curiosity and the ability to handle complex ideas. Reading facilitates the learning of other subjects and facilitates the determination of academic progress. It is also through reading that educational objectives can be accomplished. Reading promotes the acquisition of other language skills. Bright and McGregor (1971:3) stated that reading is the foundation of the English language syllabus which facilitates the development of large vocabulary required for clear and accurate oral and written expression. The study seeks to appraise the effect of reading club on reading habits of secondary school students in Nigeria. A case study of booldoz book club.


1.2 Statement of the Problem

The importance of reading cannot be overemphasized as it enhances the acquisition of knowledge, provides a wider understanding of subjects, developes ones interest and enhance deeper understanding and a wealth of experiences. However, in spite of its importance many Nigerian students have poor reading habit. Furthermore the act of reading is not taught in schools and the limited public libraries and inadequate facilities constitute the other challenges militating the cultivation of good reading habits. However the propagation of good reading culture is essential for the development of students’ academic performance .Therefore the role of reading club constitute one channel to boost student’s capacity to read. But the limited number of reading clubs has also affected the reading culture among students in Nigeria. Reading clubs are open safe, informal spaces provided for students freely converge to read books and other literary works. Reading constitutes a channel of deriving meaning from books, prints and documented material and requires that the reader be active participants in reading. The problem confronting the study is to appraise the effect of reading club on reading habits of secondary school students in Nigeria. A case study of booldoz book club.


1.3 Objective of the Study

The Main Objective of the study is to appraise the effect of reading club on reading habits of secondary school students in Nigeria. A case study of booldoz book club;

The specific objectives include

  1. To determine the relevance of reading club.
  2. To determine the nature of the reading habits of secondary school students in Nigeria.
  3. To determine effect of reading club on reading habits of secondary school students in Nigeria. A case study of booldoz book club.

1.4 Research Questions

  1. What is the relevance of reading club?
  2. What is the nature of the reading habits of secondary school students in Nigeria?
  3. What is the effect of reading club on reading habits of secondary school students in Nigeria. A case study of booldoz book club.

1.5 Statement of the Hypothesis

The statement of the hypothesis for the study is stated in Null as follows

  • HO The reading habits of secondary school students in Nigeria are poor.
  • HO The effect of booldoz book reading club on the reading habits of secondary school students in Nigeria is low.

1.6 Significance of the Study

The study investigates the nature of the reading habits of secondary school students in Nigeria. It provides relevant data for the effective formulation and implementation of policies to enhance the realization of envisaged objective.


1.8 Limitation of the Study

The study was confronted with logistics and geographical factors.


1.9 Definition of Terms

Habit Defined

Habits are a disposition to behave or do something in a particular way. They are patterns of behavior which manifest with regularity in what one does and how it is done.

Reading Defined

Reading constitutes a channel of deriving meaning from books, prints and documented material

Teaching Defined

Teaching constitute the process of attending to people’s needs, experiences and feelings, and intervening so that they learn particular things, and go beyond the given.

Educational Supervision Defined

Educational Supervision consist of all effort involving school officials directed at t providing leadership to educational workers or teachers to enhance an improved educational system and institution. The process involves the deployment of human and material resources

Education Defined

Education is viewed as the process of inviting truth and possibility. It is the wise, hopeful and respectful cultivation of learning undertaken in the belief that all should have the chance to share in life.


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Frequently Asked Questions


Do public senior secondary school students in Nigeria develop reading habits?

Without developing a good reading habit, students may not attain success in their academic endeavours. Therefore, the study sets out to examine the reading habits of public senior secondary school students in Ogun State, Nigeria. The descriptive survey design was used for the study.

How many Nigerians have poor reading skills?

Adesulu et al, asserted that about 30 million Nigerians have graduated from secondary schools with poor reading skills, attributing it to the poor habit cultivated during their stay at school. 2. Importance of Reading Habits Reading habits enhance individual self-confidence, moral and intellectual development.

What factors affect the reading habits of secondary school students?

Factors affecting the reading habits of Secondary School Students. Ladoke Akintola University of T echnology. V akkai, F.D. (2004). Lamenting our poor reading culture. W eekly Trust. Feb 28 – March 5. Emotional intelligence is a main area in educational psychology and a key factor in the academic life of students.

How can we promote good reading habits in Nigeria?

For instance, the Reading Association of Nigeria, the Nigerian Book Development Council and Nigerian Library Association have been in the forefront of the struggle for the development of good reading habits of students in Nigeria. To this end, the National Library of Nigeria has been sponsoring the readership promotion campaign in the country. 

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