Asian Review of Social Sciences (ARSS)
A Case Study on Reading Habits of Students Studying in the Secondary Schools of Trincomalee Educational Zone, Sri LankaAuthor : Vijeyaluxmy Suthakaran and Thuraiyappah Pratheepan
Volume 8 No.1 January-March 2019 pp 110-114
The purpose of the study is to examine the environmental factors influencing in reading habits of the students studying in the Secondary Schools of Trincomalee Educational Zone of Sri Lankan using the survey method. A total of 200 respondents from schools of the said Educational Zone are included in the study. Proportionate stratified Random sampling method was utilized for the selection of sample. These 200 students were selected from grade seven and eight for the study and questionnaires were distributed to them. Students have agreed that they have enough time to read books in spite of tuition, Television, radio, theater visit and other kind of activities. Their reading attitude is highly positive towards the leisure reading while parent support is at very low level to involvein reading activities. Attitude of class teacher and Librarian shows their positive support for recreational reading. Attitude of principal is at moderate level for the reading habit promotion among the school curricula.It is recommended that parents should encourage their children by reading good storybooks, moral stories to help them towards developing good reasoning power and to keep them a breast with the latest information. Further to say that the library collection for encouraging students to be increased as the collections is in adequate in the schools.
Reading Habits, Reading Promotion, Reading Culture, Recreational Reading, Leisure Reading
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