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BARRIERS AND READING HABIT OF PUPILS IN ITU LOCAL EDUCATION AUTHORITY

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CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1       Background of the Problem

            This research work came as a result of the first teaching practice encounter in one of the schools under Itu Local Education Authority. During the teaching practice experience, majority of the pupils had reading difficulties. It was observed that, the relationship between the language of communication of the pupils in Itu Local Government Authority was a great hindrance to the reading habit of the pupils because majority of these pupils speak and write Ibibio very well and these seem to affect their reading habit. This is the reason why the researcher dims fit to assess the effective teaching, reading material, and pupils’ reading interest as they relate to reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority.

            As observed among the pupils, the letter name do not sound the way it is pronounced, pupils do not have materials to read along with the teacher as he teaches. Moreover, the interest of the pupils can influence reading habit. Reading requires discipline of self and mind. A person without self control and thought control could find it difficult to read and to understand that which he has read.

1.2       Statement of the Problem

Every parent who send their children to school, do so to help the children to fit effectively into the society of today. They do not want to leave their children educationally behind as the world is on a speed line today. Every society needs up to date information in order to move ahead and that motivates them to send their children to school. Observation have shown that the pupils in Itu Local Education Authority have reading difficulties and this could hinder the infrastructural development of Itu Local Education Authority communities as the ability to read and interpret developmental ideas could be greatly influenced.

1.3       Purpose of the Study  

            The purpose of the study is;

  1. To assess the relationship between language of communication and reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority
  2. To examine the effective teaching of reading and the reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority.
  3. To assess reading materials and reading habits of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority.
  4. To examine the educational background of the parents and reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority.
  5. To ascertain the interest to reading and the reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority.

1.4       Significance of Study

            The awareness of barriers and reading habit of pupils will motivate effective education on improving language of communication, method of teaching, reading materials, and reading interest of pupils. The Local Education Authority will be inspired to effective commitment to their responsibilities of improving method of teaching by organizing seminars, workshops, training programmes on effective method of teaching reading for its teachers.

            This study will be beneficial to student in case of further studies. It will also be beneficial to individual, organizations, government and family by helping them to identify the barriers and reading habits of pupils.

1.5       Scope/Limitation of Study

            This study was basically designed to investigate barriers and reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority. It covers the following variables:  

  1. Language of communication
  2. Effective teaching of reading
  3. Reading materials
  4. Pupils reading interest

1.6       Research Questions

1.         What is the relationship between language of communication and reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority?

2.         What is the relationship between effective teaching of reading and reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority?

3.         What is the relationship between reading materials and reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority?

4.         What is the influence of reading interest and reading interest on reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority?

1.7       Hypothesis

Ho1:    There is no significant relationship between language of communication and reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority.

Ho2:    There is no significant relationship between effective teaching of reading and reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Government Education Authority.

Ho3:    There is no significant relationship between reading materials and reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority.

Ho4:    There is no significant relationship between reading interest and reading habit of pupils in Itu Local Education Authority.

1.8       Definition of Terms

            Barriers: Barriers are forces that put to a halt one’s reading ability to move from one place or level to another. These forces could be a negative state of mind, negative influence of peer grade, language and community.

Reading: This is an act of interpreting letter into meaningful words and sentences which will contribute to the knowledge of one’s understanding of the subject to the development of one’s self and society at large.

Reading Habit: This is a cultivated reading skill one has to inculcate in other to live a successful life. It is a repeated reading activities carried out by an individual in a way this individual can not do without.

Teaching Method: Is a technique or strategy used by a teacher to transfer lessons to the learning of the learners.

Reading Materials: These are resources used in learning and transferring of learned experiences.

Interest: This is the desire of an individual to learn about something either positively or negatively.

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