A STUDY OF READING CULTURE AND ITS EFFECT ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ONDO STATE

A STUDY OF READING CULTURE AND ITS EFFECT ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ONDO STATE

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title page

Certification

Dedication

Acknowledgements

Table of Content

List of Table

Abstract

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

Background to the study

Statement of the problem

Research questions

Significance of the study

The scope and limitations of the study

Definition of Terms

CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW

Objective of the study

Meaning of reading culture

Poor and constraints on reading culture

Effects of the downward trend in reading culture on

academic performance of the senior secondary school students.

Need for effective reading culture

Solution to the download trend in reading culture among students

Strategies for Improving Reading Culture among

Senior Secondary School Students and Nigeria at large

CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Research Design

Sample and sampling Techniques

Research Instrument

Validity and Reliability of the Research Instrument

Procedure for data collection

Data analysis technique

CHAPTER FOUR: RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

Results of the research questions

Discussions

CHAPTER FIVE:   SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Summary

Conclusion

Recommendations

References

Appendix

List of table

Table 1:      Do study habits of male and female differ and its effect on their academic performance?

Table 2:      Could poor reading culture be inimical to personal and national development

Table 3:      Could socio-Economic status of parents affect the students’ academic performance

Table 4:      Can the students reading apathy be rehabilitated

Table 5:      Analysis of WAEC and NECO result between 2008-2014

ABSTRACT

This paper investigated the reading culture and its effect on academic performance of Senior Secondary School students in Ondo State. Students were randomly picked from six selected secondary schools. Two schools each from three senatorial districts of Ondo State. The instrument utilized for the investigation were questionnaire and personal interviews with some randomly selected students. The data collected in this study were analyzed using percentage for the scores and empiricism. The findings simply revealed that there is downward trend in reading culture among the Senior Secondary students which led to downward trend in their performance as watching home video; “MTN extra-cool”; environmental pollution, Lack of operational Library and reliance on dishonest tricks during examinations. This study revealed that this is a menace to our educational system and to combat it needs the involvement of all the stakeholders in education sector to leave no stone unturned. The study recommends that education should be taken as a serious business and worth of huge investment. Proper monitoring, conducive environment, functioning library, students and proper monitoring to encourage good reading habit in our schools and good performance in the examinations.

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

Background of the Study

          Comprehension is at the centre of reading. Colons & cheek (1999) describe reading as a process that requires the use of complex thought process to interpret printed symbols as meaningful units and comprehend them as a thought unit in order to understand a printed massage. According to Rubin (2002) affirms that, though reading, humans have the tools to transmit knowledge to each succeeding generation; it allows one to listen to the wisdom and people of the ages. This is emphasized by many different religious traditions. The Apostle paid admonished Timothy “study to show you approved into God. (IITimothy 2:15). Islam holds acquisitions of knowledge (literacy, reading) in high esteem. The Qur’an reveals that the first communication (injunctions) between Allah and Prophet Mohammed was knowledge-based. Iraq-meaning “read” or “recite” (Qur’an 96:1.5). Reading is the corner stone of learning.

Reading culture is the process of building up positive reading attitude among students and children over a period of time. When an individual habitually and regularly read books and other information materials that are not necessarily required for him to advance in his profession or carrier, he is said to have a reading culture (Gbadamosi, 2007). Reading lecture in essence therefore is the kind of culture that imbibes reading and studding as the basis of growth and development. It is the type that sees continuous  and dedicated reading of information resources by pupils, children, students and adults for knowledge acquisition, which will be equipped and applied practically for development. Reading sharpens the mind, makes one reason rationally and objectively as well as projects one for greatness in life. That is why scholastic in describes readers as leaders.

Be that as it may be, this paper will embrace the following, which includes reading culture among the senior secondary school students in Ondo State, its effect on Academic Performance of this set of students, constrains to the development and improvement of reading culture as well as strategies for the improvement and development of reading culture among the senior secondary school students in Ondo-State and Nigeria at large.

Statement of the Problem

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Research Questions

  1. Do study habits of male and female differ? and its effect on their academic performance.
  2. Could poor reading culture be inimical to personal and national development?.
  3. Could Socio economic background of parents affect the student’s performance?
  4. Can the students reading Apathy be rehabilitated?

Significance of the Study

The study will assist teachers in identifying the social economic and psychological problems facing students, which have negative effects on their performances and to nip them in the bad. It will serve as an eye opener to the government on the role of library in schools; the negative impact of poverty on education in Nigeria. Our nation decrepit educational infrastructure is crying for an urgent and holistic overhaul. The learning environment needs to be safe, neat, creative and functional.

The Scope and Limitations of the Study

Thus research work is limited to senior secondary schools in Ondo State. Due to financial constraints and time, the research is conducted on randomly selected senior secondary school in Ondo state. Two schools from each senatorial district will be used as a case study. The schools are selected from different local government areas and both in rural and urban cities.

Definition of Terms

1        READING CULTURE: The attitudes and beliefs about reading that      are    shared by a particular group of people or in a particular    organization.

2        ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE: This is the realization of Learning measured after a learning process has taken place. Performance relates to the level of achievement of a person (student) given tracts or characteristics.

3        EFFECT: The way in which an event, action, or person changes          someone or something.

 

 

 

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