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Enhancing learners’ reading habits through reading bags at secondary schools

Mahlapahlapana Themane, Tsebe Wilfred Molotja
Reading & Writing | Vol 9, No 1 | a185 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/rw.v9i1.185 | © 2018 Tsebe Wilfred Molotja | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 December 2017 | Published: 30 August 2018

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Mahlapahlapana Themane, Department of Education Studies, University of Limpopo, South Africa
Tsebe Wilfred Molotja, Language Unit, Department of Language, Social Sciences, Economics and Management Studies (LSEMS), University of Limpopo, South Africa


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Abstract

The importance of getting children off to a good start in reading cannot be overstated. Successful academic performance at primary and secondary school level is partly dependent on the ability to read. It is believed that good learners are those who are proficient in reading. However, many learners are struggling to read and, therefore, struggle to academically succeed in other subjects. The problem of not being able to read transcends negatively on learners’ academic achievements. This study proposes a strategy towards motivating learners in developing better reading habits through the distribution of reading bags. The mixed-method approach was adopted in conducting this study. Learners’ reading strategies were first identified by administering a survey on reading strategies. About 14 student-educators volunteered in distributing the questionnaires at their respective schools during their teaching practice sessions. The questionnaires were distributed to 155 learners who voluntarily participated in the study. Data were analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software for descriptive statistics. The results indicated that most of the learners use global reading strategies, with the least utilising the problem-solving strategies and the support reading strategies. The researchers recommend the usage of reading bags as a strategy to motivate learners to develop good reading habits, which will then lead to the usage of all three strategies, in particular, the problem reading strategies.

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reading strategies; reading habits; reading bags

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